The Ontario Stewardship program is a very small program in terms of government spending less than 5 million, yet it provides huge returns for Ontario.
Councils on average lever $5 for every $1 they receive from the Ontario government .All of this money is used for stewardship initiatives that advance government priorities such as species at risk, clean water forests and maintaining healthy communities.
The intangible benefits of having of approximately 16,000 volunteers take part in more than 600 Ontario Stewardship projects every year; advancing government priorities within their communities are incalculable.
We the undersigned; request that Premier McGuinty intervene and ensure that the Ontario Stewardship program with their MNR Stewardship Coordinators remain working on the landscape. It is a value for money program that the grassroots taxpayer understands and appreciates.
In our view the Stewardship program is, and should continue to be the bedrock for the delivery of Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy and many of the important legislative initiatives your government has overseen. We would therefore respectfully request that you have Minister Gravelle and his management team reconsider the changes to the Stewardship program.
The Ontario Stewardship Councils are Important to Ontarians petition to Residents and taxpayers of Ontario was written by Rhonda Elliott and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.