Ontario Improving Wetlands in Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Province partnering with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to protect local wetlands

NEWS MAY 27, 2024

ETOBICOKE — The Ontario government is investing $750,000 in a local conservation project to enhance wetlands in Etobicoke. This project is among many wetlands projects across Ontario that are collectively receiving up to $11 million from the Wetland Conservation Partner Program this year.

“Wetlands are incredibly important to our communities. They make up the natural infrastructure that protect us from drought and flooding, while keeping water clean and providing homes for many at-risk species of plants and animals,” said Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Working with partners like municipalities and conservation organizations, our government has supported the restoration and enhancement of an estimated 7,500 acres of wetlands in the first three years of the program – that’s about eight times the size of the Toronto Islands.”

The Wetlands Conservation Partner Program is one of the largest investments in wetland enhancement and restoration in the province’s history. Over the past five years, Ontario has invested over $30 million to support a wide range of projects, restoring and enhancing large-scale wetlands, smaller wetlands on marginal agricultural lands, and wetlands in more urban areas as part of municipal stormwater management.

The local wetland enhancement project includes working with the TRCA to restore approximately seven hectares and enhance approximately 20 hectares of habitat in seven wetlands throughout the Humber River and Mimico Creek Watersheds. This project will improve overall water quality, prevent flooding, reduce erosion, improve habitat quality for endangered species (such as the western chorus frog) and build climate change resilience.

“Ontario continues to lead the way in good stewardship for our precious rivers, parks, and creeks. This in an incredible investment for the community to help ensure that the Mimico Creek and the Humber River build climate resilience to thrive for generations to come,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

QUICK FACTS

  • In the first two years of the program, an estimated $6 million of damage due to flooding has been avoided and over 170 green jobs were created in Ontario’s rural and near-urban communities to undertake restoration work.
  • In the first three years of the program, 18 organizations have received funding for 335 projects across the province.
  • An additional $1 million has recently been invested in wetland projects, resulting in a total investment of $31 million, which has taken place over five years and focuses on restoring and enhancing wetlands in the Great Lakes watersheds and supporting municipalities with stormwater management.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

ETOBICOKE — The Ontario government is investing $750,000 in a local conservation project to enhance wetlands in Etobicoke. This project is among many wetlands projects across Ontario that are collectively receiving up to $11 million from the Wetland Conservation Partner Program this year.

“Wetlands are incredibly important to our communities. They make up the natural infrastructure that protect us from drought and flooding, while keeping water clean and providing homes for many at-risk species of plants and animals,” said Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Working with partners like municipalities and conservation organizations, our government has supported the restoration and enhancement of an estimated 7,500 acres of wetlands in the first three years of the program – that’s about eight times the size of the Toronto Islands.”

The Wetlands Conservation Partner Program is one of the largest investments in wetland enhancement and restoration in the province’s history. Over the past five years, Ontario has invested over $30 million to support a wide range of projects, restoring and enhancing large-scale wetlands, smaller wetlands on marginal agricultural lands, and wetlands in more urban areas as part of municipal stormwater management.

The local wetland enhancement project includes working with the TRCA to restore approximately seven hectares and enhance approximately 20 hectares of habitat in seven wetlands throughout the Humber River and Mimico Creek Watersheds. This project will improve overall water quality, prevent flooding, reduce erosion, improve habitat quality for endangered species (such as the western chorus frog) and build climate change resilience.

“Ontario continues to lead the way in good stewardship for our precious rivers, parks, and creeks. This in an incredible investment for the community to help ensure that the Mimico Creek and the Humber River build climate resilience to thrive for generations to come,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

QUICK FACTS

  • In the first two years of the program, an estimated $6 million of damage due to flooding has been avoided and over 170 green jobs were created in Ontario’s rural and near-urban communities to undertake restoration work.
  • In the first three years of the program, 18 organizations have received funding for 335 projects across the province.
  • An additional $1 million has recently been invested in wetland projects, resulting in a total investment of $31 million, which has taken place over five years and focuses on restoring and enhancing wetlands in the Great Lakes watersheds and supporting municipalities with stormwater management.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MEDIA CONTACTS

Saurabh Kapoor
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore
saurabh.kapoor@pc.ola.org
416-553-2909
195 Norseman St. Unit 21, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 0E9