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Healthy Great Lakes Program

Canadian Environmental Law Association

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $275,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2018–June 30, 2020
  • Location Toronto, Canada
  • Geographic Focus Ontario

About this grant

The Canadian Environmental Law Association is a legal aid clinic that has worked for the past 50 years to protect human health and the environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies. With previous support, the grantee launched the Healthy Great Lakes program to engage a broad network of individuals and organizations in shaping and making use of laws and policies that aim at the protection and restoration of the waters of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin. The grantee has held online and in-person sessions to connect with a broad network of individuals and groups, organized and held two summits, planned projects and activities, and influenced government decisions to protect the Great Lakes. With renewed support, the grantee will refine the goals of the program to reflect their new strategic plan, lessons learned, and respond to changing policies stemming from the election of a new government in Ontario. The grantee will focus on safeguarding drinking water, preventing water pollution, wise management and use of water, integrated watershed management, and fish health. As a one-time addition to its work in the first year, the grantee will explore partnerships and cost-out an engagement organizing action plan and implementation strategy that targets young Canadians and encourages them to become more active in Great Lakes issues.