TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $6.7 million in the restoration and enhancement of approximately 150 wetland projects across the province. This funding will help six conservation partners restore more than 750 hectares of wetlands and improve water quality, preserve and increase habitats for endangered species, help prevent flooding and build climate change resiliency in the Great Lakes watershed and connecting waterways.
As part of the second phase of the government’s five-year, $30 million Wetlands Conservation Partner Program, which represents one of the largest investments in wetland restoration in Ontario’s history, funding focuses on enhancing wetlands in the Great Lakes watersheds and supporting municipalities with stormwater management by enhancing natural infrastructure.
“Wetlands play a crucial role in the health of our environment and our communities – creating habitat for wildlife and building climate resiliency, among countless other benefits,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “With the help of our conservation partners, we are stepping up conservation efforts across the province, helping to secure a greener and cleaner future now and for generations.”
The province is working in partnership with a number of Ontario-based conservation organizations that will use the funds to plant native wetland species, remove invasive species, restore water flow and enhance infiltration/retention, implement livestock exclusion fencing and build riparian buffers, and restore and protect historic wetlands.
These partners include: