The IISD Experimental Lake Area has received $11.7 million, over the next five years, from the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives Fund.

“This funding is essential to driving forward our research on threats to Canada’s precious fresh water—from microplastics to drugs in our water and much more,” said Richard Florizone, IISD’s President and CEO in a prepared release.

The IISD Experimental Lake Area, located east of Kenora, is comprised of 58 small lakes that researchers use to study the impacts of climate change, agricultural runoff, water management, contaminants such as mercury and organic pollutants, and a growing list of new chemical substance.

“As the only place in the world where scientists can conduct long-term experiments on entire lakes, we are honoured to be recognized for this vital work,” stated Florizone.

The funds are part of a $628 million investment funding 19 projects at institutions across the country.

“Through this investment, we’re supporting our world-class research facilities that drive innovation and the researchers who are making important discoveries across the country. We’re making sure that Canada is equipped to support the next generation of researchers who will tackle the world’s most pressing issues and who will advance our society for all to thrive," said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.