In addition to the base funding for water programs, since 2007 Ontario has spent more than $32 million to help restore and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem through the implementation of COA. This includes funding and projects to:
Protect and restore habitat. More than 60 projects across the Great Lakes basin are completed or well underway.
Bring back native species. Ontario delivered more than 30 projects to bring back native species including projects to increase the populations of American eels and Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario.
Assess and remediate historically contaminated sediment in Great Lakes hotspots. Eleven projects have been completed in the last three years.
Provide infrastructure funding to upgrade the last of Ontario's primary sewage treatment plans. Ontario has committed more than $653 million to wastewater infrastructure upgrades in the Great Lakes Basin since March 2007.
Reduce harmful pollutants. Ontario has implemented our Toxics Reduction Strategy and funded mercury and pesticides recycling programs across the province.