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  • October 20, 2017

Ontario Strengthening Protection of the Great Lakes in Quinte West

Province Invests in Community-based Great Lakes Projects


Ontario is helping the City of Quinte West protect the Great Lakes.  Two projects in the City include: 

  • The Lower Trent Conservation in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Trenton and community volunteers will plant a variety of native shrubs, trees and wildflowers at three planting events along the shoreline of the Trent River. The restored shoreline will boost local biodiversity and provide a natural space for the public to enjoy as part of the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund

  • The City of Quinte West have purchased 83 new trees and 24 plants, which have recently been installed at Centennial Park.  The grant will also support a realignment of the existing waterfront trail.

Other community-based projects supported by this year’s fund include:

  • Leading 100 litter cleanup events along the north shore of Lake Ontario
  • Planting native prairie grass and wildflowers to restore habitat along the Thames River in the Lake Erie watershed
  • Installing boardwalks and platforms to enhance and protect wetlands and beaches on the north shore of Lake Superior
  • Restoring 15 acres of wetlands including turtle nesting sites and planting trees and shrubs to enhance the Ausable Bayfield watershed of Lake Huron.

Protecting the Great Lakes, reducing nutrient run-off and fighting climate change is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“I would like to acknowledge this year’s Great Lakes Guardians who are working hard to protect our community’s water quality, wetlands and beaches. These local projects are restoring and enhancing our corner of the Great Lakes to keep them drinkable, swimmable and fishable for everyone to enjoy.”

— Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West
“We are extremely grateful for the Province’s investment in our community and in the environment.  
Trees play an important role in our ecosystem by providing shelter, oxygen and creating a beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy.”

— Jim Harrison, Mayor, City of Quinte West                                                                                                                                                        …/

“Use of the park for special events continues to grow and, in many cases, they have resulted in the closure of the trail. By realigning approximately 70 metres of the trail, we will be able to keep it open at all times and discourage soil erosion by users taking alternate routes along the shoreline.  The addition of new trees by the Amphitheatre will provide much needed shade to the public and protected habitats for wildlife that make their home in the park.”

— Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works & Environmental Services, City of Quinte West


  • The Trenton Greenbelt Shoreline Habitat Enhancement will be receiving $17,053 and the City of Quinte West will be receiving $25,000 from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
  • Ontario is awarding $1.5 million in total through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to 70 local environmental projects.
  • Each year, the fund provides a grant of up to $25,000 to not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups across Ontario for projects that have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes.
  • Since 2012, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund has supported more than 37,000 volunteers to plant over 285,000 trees and shrubs, release over 800,000 fish, create or enhance 760 kilometres of trail and collected over 2,800 bags of garbage.
  • Since 2012, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund has awarded $7.5 million to 375 community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas, including the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Ottawa River.
  • Since 2007, Ontario has invested more than $170 million into 1,420 local Great Lakes protection projects that have reduced harmful pollutants, restored some of the most contaminated areas, and engaged hundreds of partners and community groups to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes.


Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund recipients

Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy Progress Report

Water Quality in Ontario Report

Great Lakes and Watersheds

Guide to Eating Ontario Fish

Invasive Species in Ontario

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Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West




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