Growing the Greenbelt

When the Greenbelt was created in 2005, many observers warned that it was not quite big enough to contain poorly-planned, low density, urban sprawl. Over the past 10 years we’ve seen that the Greenbelt is effective at limiting sprawl but leapfrog development beyond its boundaries threatens to undermine the Greenbelt Plan.

Over the past 10 years, local citizens’ groups and municipal councils have been working to expand the Greenbelt into their communities and build a tangible connection to local farmland and the greenspace that help to clean our air and water.

Today, over 115 community groups across the region support growing the Greenbelt and shaping future growth patterns to protect critical drinking water sources, healthy watersheds and rivers, and an abundant supply of clean water for agriculture and other businesses. Three quarters of residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe feel it’s important to continue to grow the Greenbelt and nearly all agree that protecting our water resource systems and agricultural land is important to them.


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The map shows proposed expansion areas that:

  • are highly valued by the public as sources of clean drinking water and are critical to a healthy agricultural sector and biodiversity in the region;
  • align with existing criteria developed by the province to grow the Greenbelt;
  • respond to continued concerns over growth pressures on important sensitive environmental lands and the continuation of sprawl in select regions; and
  • are located outside of current urban boundaries needed to accommodate growth to 2041, and beyond.
  • Sign up if you support strengthening and growing the Greenbelt.

    Backgrounder - Growing the Greenbelt to Protect Vulnerable Water Resources in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region