Toronto – Lake Simcoe could soon join the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment on the province’s list of protected areas.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty unveiled the Lake Simcoe Act on Friday. If passed, it would raise the bar for sewage treatment standards, set strict limits on pollutants and curb development around the lake. It would also create a governance structure for the region, as well as promote recreational opportunities while protecting the health of the lake.
“The community has come together to protect their lake, and we’re here today because we’re on their side,” said Premier McGuinty. “The act we are proposing today would ensure that families will continue to enjoy Lake Simcoe for years to come.”
The plan would be developed and implemented in co-operation with municipalities, conservation authorities, local residents, cottagers, farmers, environmental groups, developers, First Nations and the tourism industry.
Ontario government announces Lake Simcoe Act