Press Releases

OGA Launches My Green and Just Recovery Stops Sprawl and Grows Greenbelt Campaign

For immediate release: October 15, 2020

Ontario Regional and Provincial groups launch a new program to say to governments: COVID-19 recovery should “Stop Sprawl and Grow the Greenbelt”

Hamilton, Ont. – On the heels of York Region Council’s attempt to get the provincial government to open the Greenbelt to development, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) today launched a program to do the exact opposite: stop sprawl-style development and bring more lands into the protected Greenbelt as part of government COVID-19 recovery plans.

Statement on the cancellation of the GTA West highway

Statement from Tim Gray, Executive Director of Environmental Defence on the cancellation of the GTA West highway

Toronto, Ont. – We applaud the province of Ontario for ending the environmental assessment for the GTA West highway and in doing so, cancelling this unnecessary highway.

The highway was slated to cut through portions of the Greenbelt and pave over thousands of acres of prime farmland and the largest remaining forested areas in Vaughan.

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.

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