Ottawa and Quebec announce investments to protect St. Lawrence River

Ottawa and Quebec announce investments to protect St. Lawrence River

MONTREAL — Ottawa and Quebec announced plans Monday to invest $57.5 million over five years to continue to work together for a healthy St. Lawrence River.

The partnership will allow for 38 joint projects aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the river, ensuring its sustainable use and guaranteeing the quality of its water.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who made the announcement alongside her Quebec counterpart, David Heurtel, said the river is the main source of drinking water for Quebecers.

“Through scientific research, action and collaboration with our partners, we are working to ensure this vital ecosystem can be healthy and beneficial for future generations,” she said.

McKenna added the federal investment is another concrete example of Ottawa’s actions in protecting freshwater sources across Canada.

Heurtel said it is important to document changes occurring in the St. Lawrence and to share knowledge to ensure the river has a promising future.

“This must be done in a sustainable development approach, by respecting the environment and taking into account economic and social development,” he said.

During the next five years, 11 federal departments will spend $35.2 million, while nine Quebec agencies will devote $22.3 million to the river.

The St. Lawrence Action Plan was first launched in 1988.

The Canadian Press

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