The Coastal Centre


The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation was founded in 1998 with the goals of protecting and restoring Lake Huron’s coastal environment and promoting a healthy coastal ecosystem.

While many environmental advocacy groups address local issues within the region, the Coastal Centre is the only grassroots organization focused on protecting the coastal environment lake-wide. The Centre has conducted projects and outreach initiatives along the shorelines of Lake Huron, Southern Georgian Bay and Southern Manitoulin Island. Given the wide geographic scope of our operations, the Centre uses its web presence extensively to provide guidance and educational resources on a number of our key priority areas.

The Coastal Centre also recognizes that its work has to include the economic and social dimensions of sustainability. The Coastal Centre believes that coastal communities cannot have a healthy economy unless they have a healthy environment. To achieve this, the Coastal Centre uses a science-based approach to link academic researchers, local and regional politicians, resource managers, cottagers and municipal staff to improve decision-making and inspire environmental action to safeguard and improve the lake ecosystem.

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Canada Business Network

Our goal is to provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.

Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.

We strive to:

  • Reduce the complexity of dealing with multiple levels of government
  • Consolidate business information in one convenient service
  • Enable you to make well-informed business decisions in a global economy
  • Contribute to your success through sound business planning, market research and the use of strategic business information

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Science and the Oak Ridges Moraine

oakloc.jpg       Research on the hydrology of the Oak Ridges Moraine had begun by 1970, with efforts to understand the significance of the aquifer as a recharge source for Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario (Haefeli 1970). Only in the last decade, however, has there been a focus on the potential impact of urban development on the moraine, and ultimately on Great Lakes water quality. Much of the research on the moraine has taken place at two centres: the Geological Survey of Canada, and the University of Toronto Groundwater Research Group. Several consulting firms have also made significant contributions, including work for the Oak Ridges Moraine Technical Working Committee, or for private developers.

Learn more about Case Study: The Oak Ridges Moraine

Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation

Since its founding in 1987, the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation has developed a dynamic series of programs, including initiatives in advancing agricultural knowledge, providing scholarships in agricultural disciplines, and facilitating events that communicate the importance of agriculture to Canadians.


To inspire knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainable agriculture to society.


  • To advance education by developing and supporting education programs in the agricultural sciences for Canada’s agricultural community and the general public;
  • To advance education by developing and supporting scholarship programs to foster continued interest in the study of agricultural sciences by university students;
  • To promote excellence and efficiency in the Canadian agriculture and food sectors by supporting research on matters of importance to the agricultural community and the general public;
  • To promote excellence and efficiency in the Canadian agriculture and food sectors by supporting initiatives of the Agricultural Institute of Canada of benefit to Canada’s agricultural community and the general public.

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Oak Ridges Moraine: land use designations

This data set was created to provide land use information on the Oak Ridges Moraine and is the basis for Ontario Regulation 140/02.

The data was digitized at 1:10,000 or better using 0.5 metre air photos, MNR, DMTI, Upper and Lower-tier Official Plans and digital vector layers.

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WWF- Canada

wwf-logo.jpgFor half a century, WWF has worked to protect the future of nature. WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. We connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, Iqaluit and Inuvik. Our Mission: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:

  • Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable.
  • Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
  • conserving the world’s biological diversity

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One of the highlights of this site is Lake St. George itself, a beautiful kettle lake which the property surrounds. The property is also the headwaters of the east branch of the Humber River, and features mixed woodlands, open meadows, reforested areas, and wetlands that possess abundant fish and wildlife populations.


Lake St. George Field Centre is located on a 120-hectare site on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine, just east of Bayview Avenue in the Town of Richmond Hill. Get Directions.