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The Ontario government is making $4.5 million available to non-profit organizations, indigenous communities, and other groups through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program.

Protecting habitats

On-the-ground projects designed to help preserve either species or habitats at risk are eligible to apply.

“Our community partners play an important role in environmental stewardship. Through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program, we have funded over 1,100 local projects since 2007 that have helped protect and recover species at risk in Ontario,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“This on-the-ground work is extremely important to preserving the biodiversity of our province for future generations, and I am proud to continue this program for another year.”

Deadline looms

The application deadline is Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

Last year, more than 80 projects were approved. Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species of plants, insects, fish and wildlife, 243 of which are listed as species at risk. Projects funded through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program have contributed to the restoration of approximately 54,500 hectares of habitat for species at risk.

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