April 24, 2013 - Ontario is working collaboratively with the federal government, the Government of Manitoba and other partners to keep the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) operational in 2013 and ensure sustained longer-term operations.
Ontario will provide operating support and work toward an agreement with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and other partners so that the important science conducted in the ELA can continue.
Environmental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind, freshwater research region in northwestern Ontario that attracts scientists from across Canada and around the world.
The important science and research performed in this area informs our pollution reduction strategies, our understanding of climate change and how we can protect our lakes and rivers here in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.
Supporting science and research is part of the new Ontario governmentâ€™s plan to build a fair, prosperous Ontario for the benefit of all.
â€œA uniquely significant location in the Northwest, the ELA has for years provided vital science and research opportunities and certainly as MPP for Thunder Bay Superior North it was essential I highlight this tremendous contribution. I had the opportunity to meet with a number of constituents who shared strong feelings on the issue and Iâ€™m extremely pleased we are working with partners to keep the facility operational in 2013 and while a long term solution is found.â€ - Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay Superior North
â€œThe Great Lakes Area is a unique facility that has produced invaluable scientific research for decades. A lot of people throughout the Northwest were concerned about the GLAâ€™s potential closing. I was as well. Iâ€™m glad that our government is playing an active role with other levels of government to find a solution that will allow the GLA is able to continue its work.â€ - Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay Atikokan
â€œWe have had many conversations with members of the public and our scientific and academic communities who want to see the Experimental Lakes Area stay open. Investing in science and research to help us understand and prevent pollution is a wise investment for the people of Ontario.â€ - Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
· The Experimental Lakes Area was established in 1968 and is located approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Kenora, Ont., in the Lake of the Woods watershed.
· On May 17, 2012, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced that the federal government was cutting funding for research and operations in the ELA on March 31, 2013.
· Read about how Ontario is protecting the Great Lakes.
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