Experimental Lakes Area Stays Open

Premier Kathleen Wynne
Premier Kathleen Wynne

ELAELA Will Continue Working

KENORA – “I am thrilled that the Experimental Lakes Area will remain open,” states Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “The research performed here provides invaluable knowledge about climate change and helps protect freshwater systems around the world. I want to thank all parties for working together to help make Ontario a world-class destination for scientific research,” added the Premier speaking from Kenora this morning. 

“The Government of Canada has upheld its commitment to ensuring that a new operator is well- positioned to take over the Experimental Lakes Area, and we will continue to follow through on this commitment. I would like to highlight the collaboration of all parties involved in this file and in particular, thank my colleagues Greg Rickford and Joyce Bateman for their active and constructive role,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Ontario will commit up to $2 million per year to keep the Experimental Lakes Area open – the only fresh water research facility of its kind in the world – a decision that will see that the important research conducted there can continue benefit the world.

Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle states, “I am very pleased that this great facility will stay open”.

“The Experimental Lakes Area is a truly unique and significant location in the Northwest,” added Minister Gravelle. “The ELA continues to provide vital science and research opportunities. As both the Minister responsible for northern development and the MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, I’m extremely pleased that our government has taken a lead role to keep the facility operational in 2013, while a long term solution is found”.

“We are very pleased that the Experimental Lakes Area will remain open and the monitoring will continue. Today is a good day for science in Canada. We are grateful to Ontario, the federal government and Manitoba for their ongoing cooperation and support,” commented Scott Vaughan, President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

The Experimental Lakes Area is a freshwater research facility in Northwestern Ontario specializing in pollution reduction strategies, climate change, and protection of freshwater ecosystems. This unique facility in Ontario attracts scientists from around the world while conducting important research which informs our pollution reduction strategies, our understanding of climate change and how we can protect our lakes and rivers right here in Ontario, across the country and the entire globe.


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