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Help restore your watershed with the Ontario Community Environment Fund

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ontario uses penalties collected from environmental violations to fund community projects that restore and protect the environment.

Not-for-profit organizations, First Nations and M├ętis communities, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, and conservation authorities can get government grants for local projects in their watersheds.

This year, $325,000 from the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) will be shared among 19 watersheds across the province where environmental penalties were collected.

Past projects have successfully restored riverbanks by planting native trees and plants, helped protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, improved fish and wildlife habitat, and helped improve air quality and fight climate change in communities across Ontario.

The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2016.

For more information about an OCEF grant in your community, please email or call the Public Information Centre:



1-416-326-9236 (TTY)

1-800-515-2759 (TTY)

Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

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