Ontario investing $4.5M to help protect species at risk
By Ellen Cools
The Ontario government announced up to $4.5 million to help protect and recover plants and animals at risk in the province.
According to a government press release, the money will be disseminated through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program to non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and other groups for projects that will help preserve species at risk and their habitats.
“Our community partners play an important role in environmental stewardship. Through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program, we have funded over 1,100 local projects since 2007 that have helped protect and recover species at risk in Ontario,” said Jeff Yurek, Ontario minister of the environment, conservation and parks, in a statement. “This on-the-ground work is extremely important to preserving the biodiversity of our province for future generations, and I am proud to continue this program for another year.”
The provincial government funded more than 80 projects as part of the Species at Risk Stewardship Program in 2020-2021.
Applications are now being accepted for funding for the 2021-2022 Species at Risk Stewardship Program until 3:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 9, 2021.