News Release – Two waves of federal funding a signal of hope for Canada’s freshwater future

March 29, 2023 – Watersheds Canada is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s focus on freshwater health as announced in the new federal budget. First, it was announced there will be a Canadian government investment of $420 million over ten years to support the Great Lakes (announced last Friday), and second, a federal commitment to fund a new standalone Canada Water Agency.

“The new federal funding is a critical first part of the solution as all freshwater leaders, including Watersheds Canada volunteers, continue to find new streams of support to tackle local lake and river issues in the wake of climate change,” said Robert Pye, Executive Director of Watersheds Canada. “Congratulations to all of the freshwater coalitions, nonprofits, donors, taxpayers, and political leaders (on both sides of the border) who strongly advocated for these two announcements, and who continue to lead the way in supporting programs that protect Canada’s freshwater health.”

Since 2019, Watersheds Canada has been involved in over 8 projects on the Great Lakes including shoreline restoration along Lake Ontario, in the Quinte watershed, and the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern. These education and stewardship programs have also been funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to help support Species at Risk in the region including the Pugnose Shiner fish.

Watersheds Canada proudly stands in solidarity with our numerous freshwater partners and coalition organizations in the advocacy for climate change resiliency through lake and river protection. Every action matters. 

About Watersheds Canada

Watersheds Canada is a national non-profit charitable organization that works with landowners, communities, students, and organizations to enhance and protect lakes and rivers through developing effective and transferable long-term solutions. Watersheds Canada envisions people caring for their waters, resulting in clean, healthy lakes and rivers to support humans and wildlife for years to come. Learn more at


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Watersheds Canada
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