Government investing up to $1.9 million in 38 Great Lakes projects across the province to protect and restore the Great Lakes

Oakville — The Ontario government is investing more than $49,000 in Oakvillegreen’s project “Oakville Ready for Rain, Raingardens” through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund that will help build healthier communities while protecting and improving the health of the Great Lakes and their connecting waters.

As part of this project, Oakvillegreen will provide local youth with hands-on training in building several rain gardens that will help soak up heavy rains and provide native plants for pollinators in the Lake Ontario watershed.

 Quote from Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

“I am pleased to announce that Oakvillegreen has received $49,005 for the “Oakville Ready for Rain, Raingardens” project. The project will give youth in our community hands-on training in building ten rain gardens that will help soak up heavy rains, and plant 220 native plants for pollinators in the Lake Ontario watershed. This builds on the funding received by Oakvillegreen for three rain gardens planted in 2019. We all have a role in protecting, conserving and restoring the Great Lakes and it’s great to see Oakvillegreen leading the way.”

Quote from David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

“Our government continues to show leadership in protecting Ontario’s Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River shoreline — the longest freshwater coastline in the world — by investing in community projects that will conserve and restore coastal, shoreline and nearshore areas. We are supporting community groups, municipalities and Indigenous communities who are on the front lines doing this important work.”

Quote from Karen Brock, President of Oakvillegreen

“We are extremely grateful for the GLLAF grant that will provide funding for a series of online educational “Ready for Rain” workshops, coupled with hands-on outdoor opportunities to build a raingarden.”

“Residents of Oakville will learn how Green Infrastructure features, such as simple rain gardens and bioswales, can provide a solution to protecting water quality, aquatic habitats and controlling stormwater run-off.  At the same, native plant choices will enhance the features and add climate resilience and biodiversity in neighbourhood yards.”

“Keep an eye out for the launch of Oakvillegreen’s project in late October. The course is free, and training is suitable for residents, and volunteers and in particular youth wanting to be involved in a project with innovative environmental impact.  High school students will be eligible for volunteer hours. For more information on how to get involved contact Mary-Ann Bell at maryann@oakvillegreen.org”

This project is one of 38 community-based projects across Ontario that will collectively receive up to $1.9 million from the fund this year.

 QUICK FACTS

 Since 2021, the province has committed $3.8 million through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund to support 82 projects in communities across Ontario.

  • In its first year, the Great Lakes Local Action Fund supported restoration projects that engaged over 7,000 volunteers to help plant over 44,000 trees and 15,000 shrubs to support diverse and resilient shoreline habitats. These projects helped clean up more than 26,000 lbs of litter and restore and protect over 860 acres of vital greenspace and wetlands.
  • 20 per cent of the world’s fresh surface water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River shoreline is the longest freshwater coastline in the world measuring 10,000 kilometres.
  • Ontario invests approximately $14 million per year in actions to protect and restore the Great Lakes, including projects that support commitments in the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health and Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.

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