QUÉBEC, Aug. 27, 2018 /CNW/ -The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada's natural heritage, which includes protecting and improving the health of freshwater ecosystems such as the St. Lawrence.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced a federal investment of $592,000 for five new multi-year projects, as part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan's Community Interaction Program. This funding program encourages the participation of citizens and the action of community groups and Indigenous communities, which are essential for the conservation and restoration of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. The Program is part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011–2026
The funded projects aim to protect the St. Lawrence River ecosystem and inform the local population on the pressures and threats affecting the river. In addition to improving the state of the St. Lawrence, the funded projects will have a significant impact on perch habitat, water quality, shoreline erosion, and wildlife habitat of the St. Lawrence. To accomplish these objectives, vegetation will be planted on the shorelines and adjustments will be made to improve natural water flow. Members of the public and farmers will also be engaged and educated on the sustainable use of St. Lawrence resources.
Investment in the protection and conservation of our natural environment through initiatives such as the Community Interaction Program helps us to better adapt to climate change, strengthen our clean-growth economy, and protect freshwater resources for future generations.
"The Government of Canada is investing in the protection of nature, including freshwater resources such as the St. Lawrence. Clean water is a vital resource for Canadians: It is vital to our health, the environment, and the economy. The Government of Canada is pleased to support community projects aimed at improving the health of the St. Lawrence."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Between 2016 and 2021, the Government of Canada will contribute $35.2 million to support the activities and projects planned as part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan, including funding to the Community Interaction Program.
- The St. Lawrence is the main source of drinking water for Quebecers.
- Canadians rely on the St. Lawrence as a driver of economic growth, in particular, for agriculture, navigation, tourism, recreational activities, and the production of renewable energy.
- Community Interaction Program
- Funded Projects
- St. Lawrence Action Plan
- Federal investment for five new multi-year projects, as part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan’s Community Interaction Program
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caroline Thériault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613‑462‑5473, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819‑938‑3338 or 1‑844‑836‑7799 (toll-free), [email protected]