Minister Aglukkaq announces funding that will help conserve and restore
Canada's natural heritage.
DARTMOUTH, NS, May 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Aglukkaq today announced
$4,351,753 in funding for 85 EcoAction Community Funding Program
projects across Canada. The Minister was joined by Minister MacKay in
making the announcement.
The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports the key priorities of
the National Conservation Plan (NCP), which was recently launched by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The NCP will provide a shared and
coherent vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. It
will enable Canadians across the country to conserve and restore lands
and waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural
The Government of Canada recognizes the integral role that the
non-profit community groups and organizations play in helping support
conservation efforts across the country. The EcoAction Community
Funding Program supports projects that engage Canadians to
rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds
the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future
All EcoAction projects must address one of the following four themes:
clean air; clean water, climate change and nature.
Since 2006 EcoAction has approved $38,649,632 in funding for 1006
projects that engage Canadians in direct environmental activities.
For every dollar received through EcoAction, approximately $2.45 is
leveraged from other funding partners.
"Our Government's EcoAction Program supports real, tangible, local
action to help Canadian families enjoy a clean and healthy environment.
These projects will support the key pillars of our new National
Conservation Plan, by conserving and restoring our lands and water and
protecting Canada's rich natural heritage from coast to coast to
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
"By supporting these projects, our Government is helping Canadians make
a real difference in communities right across the country, including
right here at home in Nova Scotia, to further protect our current and
future prosperity and safeguard the beauty of our Canadian natural
- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is
available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Environment Canada's Twitter page
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