The Government of Canada, the Ontario government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in hopes of ensuring a smooth transition of the ELA to a new operator. The agreement allows the research facility to remain open while a long-term agreement is finalized.
The Experimental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind, freshwater research region. The research conducted by scientists from right here in Ontario, Canada and internationally, informs pollution reduction strategies, our understanding of climate change and how we can protect the lakes and rivers in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.
“This agreement is the result of a constructive discussion between all three parties and it will ensure that the ELA remains open while a long-term agreement is put in place. Ontario has stepped-up to provide the financial support necessary to help IISD keep this world class facility operational and producing ground-breaking research on important global issues such as acid rain and climate change,” said David Orazietti, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources.