Remedial Action Plans for Great Lakes Areas of Concern originate from the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the governments of Canada and the United States. The Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) provides a framework for restoring AOCs in Ontario and details the federal and provincial roles in this process.
Toronto and Region RAP Agencies
The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan team comprises representatives from Toronto and Region Conservation, Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Environment Canada and the Ministry of the Environment are the respective federal and provincial lead agencies for all Ontario RAPs; the TRCA has led the administration of the Toronto and Region RAP since 2002.
The municipalities within the Toronto and Region Area of Concern fund and implement many projects that contribute to the restoration of beneficial uses.
The Toronto and Region AOC includes the watersheds of the Etobicoke, Mimico, and Highland Creeks, the Humber, Don, and Rouge Rivers, as well as the Lake Ontario waterfront associated with these watersheds.
Public RAP Involvement
Public participation within the Toronto and Region AOC is coordinated on a watershed-by-watershed basis through watershed stewardship councils.
The programs below provide financial support for individual and/or community initiatives.