Media Centre

Here’s where you’ll find out more about The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, read media releases and gain access to our archive of research and policy materials.

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Stephanie Kohls
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Recent Press Releases

Province maps out new nature and farm protection for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

For Immediate Release

Province maps out new nature and farm protection for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

TORONTO, July 6, 2017 – This afternoon the Province took an important step towards better protecting nature and farming across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) with the release of regional plans for a Natural Heritage System and Agricultural System. The plans are an important step towards protecting and recovering biodiversity and supporting healthy, thriving rural communities, especially in an era of climate change.

Greenbelt stays protected and will grow as long as implementation promises are kept

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2017

Ontario’s Greenbelt stays protected and will grow, as long as implementation promises are kept and oversight is done properly

Toronto, ON -- Today, the Ontario government released the province’s new Greenbelt and Growth Plans. Two years in the making, the changes announced help to lay the groundwork for building a sustainable region, so long as implementation and oversight receive adequate resources.

New Neptis Foundation report reveals unchecked urban sprawl a serious threat to Greater Golden Horseshoe’s remaining farmland

March 9, 2017

Toronto, ON – The Neptis Foundation, an independent planning think tank released a new report today that looks at disturbing trends in land use planning in rural towns and villages across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Region. The report shows that rural communities, including those in places such as Simcoe County, are being targeted for large-scale urban growth, contrary to the intent of the provincial Growth Plan.

Expand the Greenbelt and freeze urban boundaries to protect Ontario’s fresh water supplies and farmland say over 35,000 Ontarians

Toronto, ON – Today, more than 70 members of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) and the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt (MLGB) from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe came to Queen’s Park to deliver a strong message from over 35,000 Ontarians – grow our Greenbelt and freeze urban boundaries now to protect valuable water sources and the province’s best agricultural land.

OGA representatives delivered the over 35,000 letters to Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro and met with MPPs from all parties to urge the province to:

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