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.
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.
Get to know how your councillors were funded. Under the Influence: Election Funding in Ontario’s Greenbelt looks at the 2006 election campaign contributions of 209 elected mayors and councillors from 24 municipalities across the Regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham.