Today Ontario passed the Great Lakes Protection Act which will strengthen the province’s ability to restore and protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, as well as the waterways that flow into them.
Passing the Act enables the province to address significant environmental challenges to the Great Lakes, such as climate change, the health of wetlands and watersheds, and reducing harmful pollutants and algal blooms. The Act will also:
Protecting the Great Lakes for future generations supports the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Healthy Great Lakes are vital to the success of our province. This act enables us to better protect and restore the Great Lakes, ensure they can withstand the impacts of the changing climate and keep them drinkable, swimmable and fishable for generations to come.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
“Today, I stood up and helped pass the Great Lakes Protection Act. This Act was amended to include a portion of my bill, Bill 75, to monitor the levels of microbeads in the Great Lakes and Ontario rivers. I am proud to champion the protection of waterways and pleased that our government recognized the need to monitor microbeads in our lakes and rivers.”
— Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans
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