Hamilton Harbour Clean Up -- Additional Funding

March 22, 2012 -- Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today highlighted 46 projects that have received funding under Canada’s Great Lakes Action Plan, including funding for the Hamilton Harbour area.

“The Great Lakes are fundamental to the well-being of millions of Canadians who live and work along their shores,” said Minister Kent. “With this investment, the Government of Canada is working to realize a vision of healthy, prosperous lakes. Celebrating the good work being done to improve water quality in the Great Lakes is an ideal way to commemorate World Water Day.”

In total, the Government of Canada is contributing $3,322,321 from its Great Lakes Sustainability Fund for projects to advance remediation and clean up of the severely degraded geographic regions officially designated as Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern. 

Funding has been provided for work in 12 of the remaining 14 Areas of Concern, including $375,000 to the Hamilton Harbour area.

In addition to these funds, in November 2007, Environment Canada pledged $30 million specifically designated toward the cleanup of Randle Reef.

Administered by Environment Canada, the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund supports projects to remediate each of Canada’s remaining Areas of Concern within the Great Lakes Basin. Funding is provided to initiatives that serve to restore the environment. Such projects include fish and wildlife habitat restoration, contaminated sediment remediation, land stewardship, and initiatives to control of pollution from municipal wastewaters and rural runoff.

More information about Canada’s Great Lakes Action Plan and the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is available at http://www.ec.gc.ca/raps-pas/.