Over 50 environmental groups receive support for freshwater protection initiatives through EcoAction.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, Patrick Weiler, announced approximately $4 million to support 53 new projects under the EcoAction Community Funding Program.
All 53 projects focus on protecting the health and quality of water. Some projects tackle chemicals in the water; others restore damaged wetlands; the remainder boost our ecosystems so that they have additional capacity to handle floods that are more frequently occurring due to the impacts of climate change. The funds will also support various communications and public-engagement initiatives aimed at ensuring that local communities have the tools they need to protect their water and related ecosystems.
For example, through EcoAction, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation will receive $85,000 to work with Indigenous communities to restore wetlands in West Sechelt, that were damaged by forest fires and logging activities.
Project leader Dr. Michelle Evelyn joined the virtual event to highlight how this investment will be used to protect fresh water for British Columbians.
With these funds, including additional matched contributions, the organization will be able to hire a field team including a biologist and an excavator to dig the new wetlands and plant native vegetation like reeds, rushes, willows, and shrubs.
This project will have the added benefit of creating new habitat for wildlife.
By investing in community projects like these, the Government of Canada is supporting jobs, protecting wildlife, and helping our communities become more resilient in the face of climate change.
- Canada has approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh water.
- The EcoAction Community Funding Program is a cost-shared program that leverages contributions and requires that at least 50 percent of the total project value be funded from sources other than the Government of Canada.
- The dollar value of partner contributions is over $9.6 million for funded projects this year, in the form of financial or in-kind resources.
- EcoAction projects are expected to achieve the following:
- Protect, stabilize, or improve over 750 hectares of shoreline.
- Reduce or divert over 550,000 kilograms of harmful waste.
- Reduce water consumption by more than 15 million litres.
- Plant over 800,000 native plants.