August 19, 2014 - Holland Landing, Ontario
The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that, under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada will provide up to $77,000 to the Drainage Investment Group to conserve fish habitat in the Holland River.
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. Given its early success and high demand, an additional investment in Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25 million.
On May 15, 2014, the National Conservation Plan was launched to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserve and restore our country’s natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. To date, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has invested nearly $6 million (Round I), in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada and funding to support up to an additional 127 projects (Round II) is currently underway.
Photo caption: The Government of Canada announces funding for a local habitat restoration project along the West Holland River. From left to right: Brett Ruck, Executive Director, Drainage Investment Group and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
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