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Great Lakes Sustainability Fund

The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF) supports projects to remediate each of Canada’s 14 remaining Areas of Concern or “degraded areas” within the Great Lakes Basin. Since 1989, the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund has supported more than 800 partnered projects to improve water quality in Areas of Concern. To date, of the 17 original Canadian Areas of Concern, three areas have been fully restored.

The Fund provides technical and financial support to projects that implement remedial actions to complete the clean up and restoration in three key priority areas: fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and stewardship, contaminated sediment assessment and remediation, and innovative approaches to improve municipal wastewater effluent quality.

The Fund also supports technical studies to determine causes of bacterial contamination at beaches. In cases that involve municipal infrastructure, the Fund can support planning, design and pilot studies. Environmental improvements lead to local economic competitiveness through the development of innovative technologies, and increased recreation, tourism and development opportunities in Area of Concern communities.

The Fund is administered by Environment Canada in consultation with seven other Government of Canada departments: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Heritage, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Portfolio (formerly Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada).

Delisted Canadian Areas of Concern:

Severn Sound
Collingwood Harbour
Wheatley Harbour

Canadian Areas in Recovery:

Spanish Harbour
Jackfish Bay

Canadian Areas of Concern:

Thunder Bay
Nipigon Bay
Peninsula Harbour
Hamilton Harbour
Toronto and Region
Port Hope Harbour
Bay of Quinte

Binational Areas of Concern:

St. Lawrence River
Niagara River
St. Marys River
St. Clair River
Detroit River

For more information about the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, please visit the Environment Canada web site at

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