Great Lakes Protection Act

Thank you to everyone whose contributions have helped make progress on Great Lakes protection and restoration over the last few years. We have heard from many of you about the vital importance of the Great Lakes and about how proposed Great Lakes legislation can best make a difference.

It is my great pleasure to let you know that the Ontario Legislature has taken action to keep the Great Lakes drinkable, fishable and swimmable by passing a strengthened Great Lakes Protection Act.

This new legislation will:

  • Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, protect wetlands and watersheds, and reduce harmful pollutants.
  • Establish a Great Lakes Guardians’ Council to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration on Great Lakes issues and priorities.
  • Enshrine Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy, the Province’s action plan on the Great Lakes, as a living document to be reviewed every six years.
  • Help ensure monitoring programs and reporting processes are in place to improve understanding and management of the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin.
  • Support setting targets and create new tools to take action with local partners in priority areas on pressing issues.
  • Require consideration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge if offered by First Nations or Métis communities.

A copy of the Great Lakes Protection Act may be found here.  Additional information on the Act can be found here.

This latest action – combined with our ongoing investments in Great Lakes protection – will help ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits of a healthy Great Lakes system.

We look forward to continuing to work with communities across Ontario on our shared interest in Great Lakes protection and restoration.


Glen Murray

November 7, 2015: Owl Prowl at Holiday Beach

November 7, 2015: 7:00 p.m. – Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Amherstburg

Join Essex County Field Naturalist, Kory Renaud, for an owl prowl at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. We will look and listen for owls in and around the park. Meet at the Holiday Beach main gate parking area at 7 p.m. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring along your boots as we will be exploring some of the trails in the park.

October 14, 2015: Why Should I Recycle?

October 14, 2015: 7:30 p.m. – Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor

This talk given by Heather Taylor of the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority will address the following questions and issues: Who is EWSWA? How long does the stuff you throw in the garbage sit in our landfill? The plastic obsession and what it is doing to our water and planet. The “single serving” obsession and the consequences. What can and cannot be recycled? What you can do to help – small changes that make a big difference! The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the Ojibway Nature Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Get Involved!

From tree plantings and clean ups, to advocacy and education programs, CLICK HERE to find out how you can be involved with protecting and enhancing the Detroit River.