The Government of Ontario has stepped in to help preserve the freshwater research station controversially closed by the federal government.

The scientific and research communities have proven to be a vital part of the Ontario economy, industry, academic excellence and international reputation. It is under this premise at the University of Toronto, alongside several of her ministers, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government will be stepping in to support the Experimental Lakes Area in northwest Ontario.

Going forward, the Governments of Ontario, Manitoba and Canada and the International Institute for Sustainable Development will work collaboratively to keep the area operational. For the time being, it is unknown what each party’s portion of the $2 million required to keep the facility open will be.

While it would have been preferable to see the federal government maintain funding, the Premier’s decision to pick up the ball is welcome news. The research done in the northwestern Ontario lakes gives Canadians a better understanding of pollution, climate change and other environmental changes that impact us all.

This announcement comes on the heels of announcements by Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, which include $100 million in funding for the Ontario Brain Institute, $50 million towards the creation of a new Ontario Venture Capital Fund and $36 million for the Ontario Research Fund for research infrastructure. Support like this from the government will ensure discoveries being made in Ontario today will lead to the products and services that create the jobs of tomorrow.

This news was welcomed by Sarah Campbell, the NDP MPP from Kenora who represents the area, Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, and Keith Ashfield, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

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