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Ontario Invests $289,000 in Youth-Led Environmental Projects for Lake Simcoe Restoration

Collaborative Efforts Aim to Foster Environmental Stewardship Among Local Youth and Community Members

In a bid to bolster environmental stewardship and preserve the pristine beauty of Lake Simcoe, the Ontario government has announced a significant investment of over $289,000. The funding is earmarked for three key projects that focus on engaging local youth and community members in activities aimed at restoring and protecting the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, expressed her gratitude towards partners like the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH), emphasizing their crucial role in inspiring the next generation. “Together with our community partners, we are making important progress on actions to keep the lake and its watershed clean and healthy not only for residents today but for future generations,” she stated.

These projects entail a diverse range of initiatives, including workshops, field trips, and hands-on educational opportunities. Participants will learn about designing rain gardens, pollinator gardens, and utilizing native plants to reduce erosion and restore shorelines. The Orillia Museum of Art and History has been actively involved in hosting workshops and field trips to educate students and community members about protecting and restoring Lake Simcoe’s shorelines.

This investment forms part of the broader efforts under the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, with over $37 million invested since 2018 to improve the health of the lake and its watershed. Notably, the recently announced $24 million phosphorus reduction project aims to mitigate phosphorus discharges from the Holland River into Lake Simcoe.


The commitment shown by the Ontario government towards Lake Simcoe’s preservation is commendable. Engaging youth and community members in environmental stewardship initiatives not only fosters a sense of responsibility but also ensures the sustainability of these efforts for years to come. With the collaborative efforts of government agencies, local organizations, educators, and businesses, we can expect to see tangible improvements in the health of Lake Simcoe and its surrounding ecosystem.

This investment not only addresses immediate environmental concerns but also lays the groundwork for a more sustainable future. As stewards of our natural resources, it’s imperative that we continue to support and participate in initiatives aimed at preserving the beauty and biodiversity of our cherished lakes and waterways. Through education, outreach, and hands-on projects, we can collectively work towards a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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