Local environmental projects get a bit of helpSunday, September 29, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
Orazietti announces funding for environmental projects
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre receives $38,000 for Community Environmental Initiatives
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) has been awarded $38,000 in funding, collected by the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) from environmental violation penalties, to restore and protect the environment, David Orazietti announced today.
“Using penalties collected by industries which have spilled a contaminant or did not comply with regulatory requirements is an effective way for the Ontario government to support environment improvement projects,” said Orazietti. “This funding will enable the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to educate the public about the environment while also restoring an area of a local watershed.”
The Innovation Centre will use $23,000 to provide public outreach and education about preventing spills and restoring the environment in the Goulais River watershed.
The remaining $15,000 will be used to plant native shrubs and grasses around power transmission rights of way in the Goulais River watershed.
“Rehabilitating our valuable water resources and increasing awareness of water issues is important work for our region and also presents another way to build our science sector,” said Tom Vair, executive director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. “We thank the Province of Ontario for their support of this project and for supporting the environment with this unique fund.”
Projects being funded include waterway habitat improvements, shoreline tree plantings, and spill prevention.
Ontario Community Environment Fund grants are made to municipalities, conservation authorities, schools, First Nations, and non-profit groups to engage in remediation, restoration, research and education activities.
“Congratulations to Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre for taking action to improve the environment,” said Jim Bradley, minister of environment. “Environmental penalties send a clear message to companies that there is a cost and consequences for not complying with provincial environmental project laws.”
Protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.
This year, 10 organizations from eight eligible communities will receive $232,000 in funding for projects from the 2012 Ontario Community Environment Fund.
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of Ontario Community Environment Fund grants. Applications for funding will be accepted until November 8, 2013.
In 2012, 16 Environmental Penalty Orders were issued adding $165,395 to the Ontario Community Environment Fund.
Eligible groups can apply for more than $320,000 available across 13 communities where penalties were collected.
Municipalities, schools, conservation authorities, First Nations and Métis communities and other not-for-profit organizations in the 13 communities may apply for a 2013 OCEF grant.
Learn more about the Ontario Community Environment Fund and apply.
Learn more about Environmental Penalties