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Minister Goodyear and Oshawa MP Colin Carrie announce funding to support wildlife and water resource sustainability at the Second Marsh Wildlife Area.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and Oshawa MP Colin Carrie announce funding under the Southern Ontario Development Program, delivered by FedDev Ontario, to support wildlife and water resource sustainability at the Second Marsh Wildlife Area. Source: Sal Sacco, The Canadian Press Images

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November 24, 2009

OSHAWA, ON — Wetlands in communities across southern Ontario will be better able to sustain wildlife and water resources that support local economies and quality of life thanks to an investment of up to $3 million. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced that this contribution for Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will create and maintain jobs and will aid the conservation of 72 wetlands on 5,445 acres in the region.

“Our government is committed to creating jobs and supporting the people, communities and businesses of southern Ontario,” said Minister Goodyear.  “This investment will stimulate the economy today, while benefiting residents and protecting our wetlands and wildlife for the future.” 

Through this investment under the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), Ducks Unlimited Canada will renew and repair critical wetland infrastructure by replacing water control structures and beaver fences, upgrading safety guards and repairing dykes. The renovation and repair of wetlands will provide immediate economic stimulus to local communities throughout southern Ontario via job creation, material procurement and project supervision. The Government of Canada’s contribution is contingent on the successful completion of the necessary environmental assessment of the proposed projects.

Wetlands provide habitats for a diverse number of species, including species at risk, while contributing to a number of essential societal services that help to ensure sustainable, healthy communities.

“DUC is renowned for its wetland restoration work across Canada,” said Tom Worden, Senior Ontario Director, Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Equally important to this is maintaining the integrity of these habitats once restored. This investment will fund improvement projects at 72 wetlands across southern Ontario to ensure they have a long and productive life.”

DUC, Canada’s leading wetland conservation organization, has been committed to ensuring the protection and preservation of wetland habitats for more than 70 years. Ducks Unlimited Canada works to achieve better wetland habitat for the benefit of wildlife and people, through preservation, scientific research, public policy and education. 

The Southern Ontario Development Program was established to promote economic development, economic diversification, job creation and sustainable communities in southern Ontario. The SODP is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of the economic decline on communities across Canada, while preparing our communities for long-term growth.

For more information on the SODP and details regarding the intake processes, please visit the FedDev Ontario web site at www.southernontario.gc.ca or phone 1-866-593-5505. For additional information on Canada’s Economic Action plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Gary Toft, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, 613-943-7599

Media Relations, Industry Canada, 613-943-2505

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