On September 2, 2013, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) held a news conference in Kenora, Ontario, to announce that an interim agreement had been reached for operations to continue at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The signed Memorandum of Understanding will allow for completion of the 2013 field season while talks continue to transfer the unique freshwater research facility to IISD.
The provincial governments also detailed funding packages to help support the facility. Ontario is committed to providing up to $2 million per year to the ELA for the length of the agreement. Manitoba will spend more than $6 million over six years, dedicating $900,000 to funding freshwater research and technology at the ELA.
IISD is also raising funds to help cover costs for the transition. To donate, please click here.
New Era for the Experimental Lakes (Ottawa Citizen, September 3, 2013) – Editorial by IISD President Scott Vaughan
Wynne announces interim deal to keep Experimental Lakes Area from closing (The Globe and Mail, September 2, 2013)
'Enormous benefits' in ELA research as Manitoba, Ontario commit interim funding (Winnipeg Free Press, September 2, 2013)
Ontario pledges $2M annually to keep Experimental Lakes Area open (CTV Winnipeg, September 2, 2013)