Government of Canada supports climate action by Mohawk College to empower young people and reduce carbon pollution

News release

April 4, 2019 – Hamilton, Ontario

Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. Increasing education, awareness and action on climate change through independent third parties will support Canada’s efforts to protect the environment and transition to a cleaner economy.

Today, the  Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, Filomena Tassi, highlighted funding through the Climate Action Fund to help the Centre for Climate Change at Mohawk College advance climate action in the Bay Area.

Through this funding, Mohawk College recently organized the Cities in Action: Bay Area Climate Change Summit from March 25-28, and the Youth Summit on March 29, 2019. These events empowered people and organizations to take climate action in their communities.

The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and research and educational institutions.

Funded projects will raise awareness of climate change and clean growth and encourage others to take action in support of Canada’s climate goals.


“I am inspired by the initiatives being brought forward by Canadians from coast-to-coast. These initiatives will help others to both be better informed and take positive action to tackle climate change. This funding is supporting our full-time students, youth and both non-profit and for-profit organizations to make a difference. Together, we’re sharing great ideas that will help raise awareness about the importance of taking action on climate change right now.”
– Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

“The funding received through the Climate Action Fund enables Mohawk College, the City of Hamilton and the City of Burlington to engage our citizen leaders at the Bay Area Climate Change Summit and to continue our community engagement and education through upcoming events and activities. These events are already driving new areas of collaboration on climate change in our communities.”
- Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College

Quick facts

  • Mohawk College will receive up to $262,000 in funding through the Climate Action Fund.

  • The Cities in Action: Bay Area Climate Change Summit and the Youth Summit last week brought together more than 400 people.

  • Look for a series of free public seminars on community climate change through Mohawk College. This project will continue engaging Bay Area community, youth, and businesses.

  • The Climate Action Fund supports initiatives that help bring new ideas and innovations to help tackle climate change and encourage climate action. This supports Canada’s climate plan objectives by making investments in climate solutions.

Associated links


Sabrina Kim
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)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Twitter page

Environment and Natural Resources in Canada’s Facebook page

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