The Government of Canada supports climate action in communities to protect the environment and grow the economy

News release

October 11, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Clean water and clean air for all Canadians are a priority for the Government of Canada. By investing to protect and conserve nature, we are ensuring communities across the country can tackle climate change and grow the economy for a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced $4.3 million to support 58 new EcoAction Community Funding Program projects across Canada. This funding will support concrete local action to help fight and adapt to climate change as well as educate and engage Canadians in preserving and conserving water.

Today, the Government of Canada is announcing $100,000 for BC Sustainable Energy Association’s Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program as part of the EcoAction Community Funding Program. This project will encourage and empower high school students and their families to reduce their ecological footprint by delivering interactive environmental workshops on climate change and solutions for sustainability.

Also, the World Wildlife Fund will receive $100,000 for its clean water project, which aims to improve water quality in the Great Lakes Basin by reducing excessive winter salt application on roads.

EcoAction projects will support communities across the country in protecting the environment and growing the economy by conserving water resources, adapting to climate change, and reducing pollution.


“Protecting the environment and growing the economy are priorities for our government. We are proud to support community groups that are taking action to preserve water resources and promote energy-efficient practices. By working together with communities and EcoAction projects like these, we can ensure a healthier and more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • The 58 funded EcoAction projects are expected to reach 119,811 Canadians.

  • Projects are forecasted to:

    • Reduce greenhouse gas emission by 7,127 tonnes across Canada. This reduction would be the equivalent of removing 1,526 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
    • Protect, stabilize, or improve up to 8,558 hectares of shoreline.
    • Reduce or divert 30,020,280 kilograms of toxic or harmful waste.
    • Reduce water consumption by 60,925,140 litres—the equivalent of what 685 Canadians consume in a year.
  • Since 1995, EcoAction has approved over $115 million in funding for 3,150 projects that engage Canadians in direct environmental activities.

  • Since 2006, EcoAction has helped engage over 2.5 million Canadians in environmental activities. For every dollar received through EcoAction, approximately $1.87 is leveraged from other funding partners.

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Caroline Thériault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)

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