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
Communications Director, Environmental Defence
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Recent Press Releases

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:

New map reveals developers want to harm Ontario's Greenbelt: Take Action Now to Stop This!

Today the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) released a map highlighting the potential harmful impacts of more than 650 requests, by developers and municipalities to the Ontario government, to remove land from Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. The map pinpoints just one-third of the 650 requests made by developers and municipalities to remove protected lands from the Greenbelt. Although only a fraction of the total requests, the portion mapped is almost 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres). You can read the full press release here.