Press Releases

Ontario Greenbelt turns eight and invites five million Ontarians to celebrate

New report released today on expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt through urban river valleys

Toronto, ON – In honour of the Greenbelt’s eighth birthday today, 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.

Waterloo’s wise decision to fight the OMB’s sprawl-inducing ruling

Toronto, ON -- The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) strongly supports the Region of Waterloo’s appeal of the recent Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) ruling that considerably weakens the Region’s smart growth official plan and threatens the Places to Grow Act.

The OMB ruling forces the Region to open up 1,053 hectares of prime farmland for low-density sprawl development. This is more than 10 times the land the Region says it needs for this purpose. Yesterday, the Region passed a unanimous motion to appeal its case to Divisional Court and asked the OMB to rehear the case.

Province finalizes Ontario’s first Greenbelt expansion and new urban river valley protection

Vaughan, ON – The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance applauds today’s announcement by the Ontario government to formally add Oakville’s Glenorchy Conservation Area to Ontario’s Greenbelt.  The province also unveiled its new urban river valley designation as part of the Greenbelt Plan, which will allow municipalities to include rivers and streams in urban areas under the Greenbelt’s protection.