How well is the Greenbelt protecting farmland, natural heritage and the species that call these places home? What are the greatest threats to the health of the Greenbelt? How well is growth in Southern Ontario being managed? Peruse our reports to learn more about what the Greenbelt means for the province of Ontario.
An evening of discussion:
These three land-use plans are up for review in 2015:
Oak Ridges Moraine – Greenbelt – Niagara Escarpment
Come learn what they are, why they affect you, how to have your say
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 7-9:30 pm
The Kingbridge Centre, King City
For details, download the event poster
In honour of the Greenbelt’s eighth birthday, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance released a report entitled, Good Things Are Growing in Ontario: Expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt Through Urban River Valleys. The report shows that over five million more Ontarians would be directly connected to the Greenbelt if the Greenbelt grew along some of the province’s best known rivers and creeks. This is now a possibility, thanks to the province’s new urban river valley designation announced in January.
In the report, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance recommends that the municipalities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Markham, Guelph and Hamilton use the new designation as a further layer of protection for their urban river valleys. The Alliance looks to municipalities listed in the report to be the first to employ the new designation, and hopes that others will follow.
This report takes a look at the successes and challenges of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Because of the Greenbelt, ecologically important green spaces have been protected and endangered animals, insects, and plants now live in permanently protected areas. The agricultural community is also benefiting from a growing community of supporters. To strengthen the Greenbelt, this report recommends that the Ontario government reform agricultural and taxation policies to make certain that farming remains viable; the Ontario government reform policies to lessen the environmental effects of aggregate mining; and that municipal governments and the province work together to expedite requests to grow the Greenbelt in areas that continue to be susceptible to sprawl.