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Join The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™


About The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™

A joint conservation initiative between the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF Canada, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™, aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.

The Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action environmental events in Canada, engaging tens of thousands of participants annually across the nation. Each year, public support and general awareness of the program has increased, inspiring more volunteers to join and make a difference. We hope you will join us in making this year's shoreline cleanup the biggest yet.

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Take A Stand Against Shoreline Litter

Become a cleanup hero and clean a shoreline any time of year. Simply search our map and lead or join a cleanup near you.

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GCSC In Action

What Is A Shoreline?

You can coordinate a shoreline cleanup anywhere land connects to water, including rivers, lakes, streams, swamps and beaches, as well as urban waterways and even storm drains in school yards. All these locations are connected to a waterway, so cleaning up litter at any of these places contributes to healthy ecosystems for aquatic wildlife.

Our Purpose

Our mission is to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues by encouraging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Our vision is a fully engaged and committed Canadian public that keeps all Canadian shorelines free from litter.

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Our Impact

Since 1994, our annual cleanups have removed more than 1 million kilograms of litter from our shorelines. Shoreline litter can have far-reaching and long lasting effects by altering the sensitive balance of ecosystems. Animals are at a disadvantage when faced with shoreline litter: the biggest dangers they face are entanglement and ingestion. In addition to being a visual and economic burden, shoreline litter also poses safety concerns for people.

Support The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Your donation to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will help to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues.

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