RAP Updates

What’s New?

2015 RAP Progress Report Released

Key Progress from 2008 to 2015:postcard-front
  • Beach closings have declined thanks to a substantial reduction in E. coli loadings to the waterfront. Eight of Toronto’s 11 waterfront beaches are now Blue Flag beaches.
  • Levels of contaminants in fish continue to decline and there are no longer restrictions on consumption for many resident fish.
  • Creation and restoration of habitats along streams and the waterfront have increased diversity of fish and wildlife species.
  • Phosphorus levels along the waterfront now meet the target set for the RAP, however, continued work on critical wet weather flow infrastructure projects is needed.
  • The aesthetics of watercourses and the waterfront in the Toronto RAP area are primarily considered excellent or good.

Download the 2015 Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan Progress Report


Upcoming Events

LOE May 16

Biodiversity & Citizen Science

Join the Toronto & Region Remedial Action Plan for our next Lake Ontario Evenings speaker series Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)

Presentations will feature:

The City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Series

Kelly Snow, City of Toronto

A Citizen’s Science Guide to the Remarkable World of the Birds of Toronto

Mark Peck, Royal Ontario Museum

Whale Poo, Climate Change, and the Global Water and Carbon Cycle 

Dave Ireland, Royal Ontario Museum

All are welcome | Doors open at 6 pm | Presentations will begin at 6:30 pm

 RSVP Here  

Past Events

Science Seminar 2016

Our second annual RAP Science Seminar was held on November 14, 2016. The event was attended by representatives from various levels of government and included presentations on current projects and activities being that will contribute to de-listing the Toronto and Region as a Great Lakes Area of Concern. A copy of all presentations can be found here.

Great Lakes Public Forum (October 4-6, 2016)

On October 4-6, 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) held the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto. The Forum occurs every three years and enables leaders from Canada and the US to discuss topics important to the restoration and protection of Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. In addition to the Forum, TVO featured a special series on the Great Lakes on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. We have highlighted two videos below that discuss Great Lakes Areas of Concern but a full summary of topics is available at TVO.org.

Restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern – GLWQA Annex 1 Areas of Concern (Jon Gee and Wendy Carney)


The Great Lakes: Areas of Concern (The Agenda, October 4, 2016)