As I mentioned in my opening remarks, we have made significant commitments to protect and restore the water bodies including the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Simcoe, southeastern Georgian Bay, and the St. Lawrence River. In 2010 we announced $8 million per year of funding to go to remediate Great Lakes areas of concern. Work has been completed in five areas of concern, and it is anticipated that all remedial actions in the further five Canadian areas of concern will be completed by 2019.
In 2011, $16 million was allocated over a period of four years to address toxic and nuisance algae in the Great Lakes, with a particular focus on Lake Erie. Canada's collaboration with the United States also led to an enhanced and renewed Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 2012 that included new provisions to address issues such as aquatic invasive species and habitat conservation.
In 2012, $46.3 million was committed to clean up contaminated sediments in the Hamilton Harbour, $29 million over five years to continue with the Lake Simcoe and southeastern Georgian Bay clean-up fund, and $15 million over five years to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp.
Last December the Governments of Canada and Ontario renewed their commitment to restore, protect, and conserve the Great Lakes by signing the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health.