Grant Name: Funding for Great Lakes Protection


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Through the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, the Government of Canada takes action to address the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health by delivering on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. It focuses on 8 priority areas for action:

  • working with others to protect the Great Lakes
  • restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)
  • preventing toxic and nuisance algae
  • assessing and enhancing the resilience of Great Lakes coastal wetlands
  • evaluating and identifying at risk nearshore waters
  • reducing releases of harmful chemicals
  • engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues
  • increasing public engagement through citizen science



Applicants may include:

  • conservation authorities
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations or associations
  • municipalities
  • non-governmental organizations
  • not for profit and for-profit organizations
  • research, academic and educational institutions

Provincial government agencies are not eligible for funding.

 Types of projects eligible for funding

Remedial Action Plans have been developed for each Canadian Great Lakes AOC. These plans identify activities required to restore AOC water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, including projects that contribute to directly eliminating identified BUIs from the three priority areas under the AOC program, Action, Science or Engagement:

  • restoring degraded habitat
  • remediating contaminated sediment
  • reducing point and non-point pollution
  • conducting science and monitoring to inform remedial action planning and implementation
  • surveillance and monitoring processes to track the effectiveness of remedial measures and confirm restoration of beneficial uses
  • community engagement for decision making on RAP implementation and assessment:
    • identification of BUIs and causes
    • determination of criteria for the restoration of beneficial uses that take into account local conditions
    • identification of remedial measures to be taken, including identification of entities responsible for implementing these measures
  • developing and maintaining resources for RAP decision making:
    • websites
    • social media
    • other forums for communication supporting engagement


  • All applications proposing Engagement projects must submit a detailed work plan in addition to the application (to be submitted as an attachment).
  • Any approved project will be required to report on performance indicators as part of final reporting.
  • Refer to Appendix B for a list of RAP websites.

How to Apply?

Environment and Climate Change Canada requires that applications to the GLPI be submitted online via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). The GCEMS is accessed through the department’s Single Window system.  For additional information on accessing the GCEMS through ECCC’s Single Window system, please see Appendix A.

Funding Amount

Based on individual applications:

To assist in achieving this goal, we fund actions by others to:

  • restore AOCs by supporting action at the local level to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health through projects identified in AOC remedial action plans
  • prevent toxic and nuisance algae by increasing participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures and by demonstrating innovative approaches and best practices and promoting broad uptake and application
  • reduce releases of harmful chemicals by increasing participation in the application of beyond-compliance measures to reduce releases of chemicals of mutual concern by developing, implementing, assessing and promoting use of innovative approaches
  • engage Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues by enhancing Indigenous capacity to address Great Lakes issues through projects that engage Indigenous Peoples at the community level
  • increase public engagement through citizen science by enhancing Canadians’ knowledge of and engagement in addressing Great Lakes issues through participation in citizen science

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