Ontario’s Ford Government Takes Steps to Grow the Greenbelt

“The Premier has been steadfast in his commitment to protect the Greenbelt and our government will not consider any proposals to remove or develop any part of it.”                                                             – Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

News from the Government of Ontario

Posted February 17th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO The Ontario government has launched a 60-day consultation to grow the Greenbelt <https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-greenbelt> and help protect more of the province’s natural environment — including farmlands, forests, wetlands and watersheds — from future development. The consultations could result in the largest expansion of the greenbelt since its creation in 2005.

“This is truly a unique opportunity to grow the Greenbelt and protect Ontario’s environmental, groundwater and agricultural resources for future generations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The Premier has been steadfast in his commitment to protect the Greenbelt and our government will not consider any proposals to remove or develop any part of it.”

The government is seeking public input on how best to grow the size and quality of the Greenbelt, including:

  •  * the Paris Galt Moraine
  • * adding, expanding and further protecting urban river valleys, and increasing the Greenbelt’s footprint into high density urban areas including the areas around the Don River in Toronto and land around Duffins Creek in Ajax and Pickering.

Comments are welcome by email: greenbeltconsultation@ontario.ca <mailto:greenbeltconsultation@ontario.ca> or through the Environmental Registry of Ontario <https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-3136> by April 19, 2021.

QUICK FACTS

  * Established under the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the Greenbelt is a broad band of protected land that currently includes over 800,000 hectares of land in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

  * The Paris Galt Moraine is a glacial deposit of loose sediment and rock extending from Caledon to north of Paris and Brantford and is home to critical groundwater resources.

  * The Greenbelt currently contains 21 urban river valleys and associated wetlands. These are the valleys of rivers that pass through cities or towns and act as urban gateways to the Greenbelt.

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2 responses to “Ontario’s Ford Government Takes Steps to Grow the Greenbelt

  1. Wow – after passing that legislation giving themselves a blank check on conservation areas, plus the places they have already given away, I’d say he’s speaking with a forked tongue. Translated, this really means…“The Premier has been steadfast in his commitment pave the Greenbelt and our government will consider any proposals to develop any part of it.”

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  2. Robert Milenkoff

    Last December the Ford government rammed through Bill 229 with Schedule 6 gutting the Conservation Authorities of most of their power and this week he wants to take steps to protect the Greenbelt. Mr. Ford is more concerned about the developers money belt than he is the Greenbelt and I hope the people of Ontario remember this political move in the next election.

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