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Backgrounder

Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund

The Government of Canada believes that clean, safe and secure water is something all Canadians have the right to enjoy. That is why we are taking action to preserve and protect Lake Simcoe.

The health of the lake has been steadily declining for many years, and residents around the lake are seeking solutions. Through the $30 million, five-year Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund, the Government of Canada is taking a clear, comprehensive approach to ensuring clean water for hundreds of thousands of Canadians by helping the residents restore the health of the lake.  

The Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund is used to support priority projects led by community organizations, land owners, non-government environmental groups, community groups, educational institutions, small and medium sized businesses, the provincial and municipal governments, and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. The fund supports projects that contribute to:

  • Reducing phosphorus inputs from rural and urban sources
  • Rehabilitating priority habitats to restore the health of the aquatic ecosystem and the coldwater fishery
  • Improving scientific understanding of the lake for decision-making.

The fund is administered by Environment Canada in consultation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority and other key stakeholders. Twice a year, Environment Canada solicits proposals for clean-up projects.

Environment Canada is assisted by the Protect and Preserve the Environment of Lake Simcoe Committee (PROPEL), and a Technical Review Committee. The PROPEL Committee members were appointed by the Minister of the Environment on October 12, 2007 to advise on priority actions and funding recommendations.

To learn more about completed and ongoing Lake Simcoe clean-up projects, go to the interactive Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe map at http://www.ec.gc.ca/doc/eau-water/simcoe_e.html.

Land owners and Aboriginal communities, non-governmental and community organizations, agricultural associations, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, businesses, industry, and provincial and municipal governments are all eligible to receive funding through the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund. Those interested in applying should submit a Letter of Intent describing the proposed project.  Successful applicants will then be asked to submit a detailed project proposal.  Go to the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund Web site, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=85C54DAE-1 for selection criteria and application deadlines.

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