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Experimental Lakes Area

Interim Agreement Announced to Continue ELA Operations

September 10, 2013

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.

Related Media

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)


IISD project manager Matthew McCandless, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield,
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Retired ELA
Chief Scientist and IISD Senior Fellow Michael Paterson and Lee Hrenchuk
(left to right) at the news conference in Kenora.
Retired ELA Chief Scientist and IISD Senior Fellow Michael Paterson speaks with
a reporter from CTV.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger details the support Manitoba will offer IISD,
including ELA, as part of the IISD-Manitoba work plan. Click here to see the
news release.
Michael Paterson, Greg Selinger, Kathleen Wynne and Matthew McCandless
(left to right) chat after the announcement.