Feds Invests in Great Lakes Protection Initiative


Canada is committed to providing strong support to working collaboratively with the Government of Ontario and Indigenous Peoples for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.

Today, Sault Member of Parliament Terry Sheehan announced, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, that the Government of Canada will invest $44.84 million in the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection, in Budget 2017.
This investment will tackle issues that matter to the lives of Canadians—from cleaner drinking water, to beaches we can enjoy, to waters in which we can fish and swim.

“The Riding of Sault Ste. Marie is at the Heart of the Great Lakes, where residents fully recognize their importance. It is vital that we cooperate at the local and national levels to preserve and protect this life-sustaining resource,” MP Sheehan said.

“Protecting the Great Lakes is vital to a prosperous future for residents of our community. The Great Lakes are essential to many aspects of life in our region; economically, environmentally and recreationally. This funding will ensure action is taken to safeguard the shared waters crucial to life both in Canada and for our neighbours in the United States.”  said, Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie

“Canada believes that sustained action on Great Lakes restoration is key to the health and economic prosperity of citizens in this important region. Working alongside American and Canadian partners, the Government of Canada will continue to promote strong action on both sides of the border—to tackle climate change and protect the shared waters of our Great Lakes.” said,  Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

The Great Lakes region represents the third-largest economy in the world, if measured as a country. It supplies 51 million jobs or nearly 30 percent of the combined American and Canadian workforce. Building on a solid foundation of existing Great Lakes programming, this investment will further focus efforts on issues of greatest importance to Canadians, including the continued implementation of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement as well as the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health. Healthier Great Lakes mean more opportunities for economic growth.

New programming will focus on reducing toxic and nuisance algae and strengthening the resilience of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. It will prioritize identifying at-risk nearshore waters, which are those most used by Canadians for drinking and recreation. It will target reducing the release of harmful chemicals. And, it will seek to strengthen engagement with Indigenous Peoples and the public in addressing Great Lakes issues.