• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Investing in Significant Wetland Restoration Projects

June 16, 2021

ST. THOMAS — The Ontario government is partnering with Ducks Unlimited Canada to enhance and restore approximately 60 local wetlands across the province over the next year, as part of a five-year, $30 million Wetlands Conservation Partner Program. Ducks Unlimited Canada is receiving $6 million for projects that will help improve water quality, preserve and increase habitats for endangered species, help prevent flooding and build climate change resiliency in the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie watersheds and connecting waterways. Today Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, was joined by Lynette Mader, Manager of Operations in Ontario for Ducks Unlimited Canada, at the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority to showcase a completed wetland restoration project that received funding from the Wetlands Conservation Partner Program and to thank the many private and public landowners who will be restoring wetlands this summer as part of the program. “Wetlands keep our water safe, and they make our communities more climate change resilient by helping to prevent floods – that’s why protecting these vital areas is such an important part of our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan," said Minister Yurek. “As long-standing experts in this area, I am thrilled we have partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada on projects to enhance and restore our province’s wetlands — ensuring our water resources and ecosystems are healthy and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.” The projects led by Ducks Unlimited Canada, an internationally recognized wetlands restoration organization, include approximately 40 wetland restoration projects for large-scale, permanent wetlands, and 20 small wetland projects – all of which contribute to both climate resiliency and green jobs in Ontario’s rural and near-urban communities. The following