Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund

Supporting Participation in Provincial Consultations Considering the Expansion of Ontario’s Greenbelt 

The Province of Ontario has launched public consultations to consider expansion of the Greenbelt to protect important water systems facing pressure from urban growth and the effects of climate change.

These consultations present a rare opportunity to engage Ontarians and various sectors to consider permanent protection of important water systems that provide drinking water to many communities, support agriculture and sustain ecosystem health in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The provincial “Study Areas” which are the focus of the consultations involve a series of moraines, aquifers, wetlands, recharge lands, cold water streams and other features that have been identified as critical to maintaining clean and abundant local water supplies. The Study Areas are located to the west and north of the existing Greenbelt- encompassing Waterloo Region, City of Guelph, and Brant, Wellington, Dufferin and Simcoe Counties.

The new Provincial Growth Plan will relieve some development pressures on these local water supplies by directing growth to already built-up areas and avoiding the paving of more greenspace. However, the Greenbelt provides a higher standard of protection – directly prohibiting urbanization across large areas and ensuring landscapes with a high concentration of water features remain permeable and able to replenish groundwater supplies; filter pollutants; provide clean, base flows to rivers and lakes; and, store stormwater to minimize flooding.

Program Goal

The goal of the Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund is to:

  1. Enable and/or enhance capacity among resource-constrained civil society groups, Indigenous communities, agriculture, academia, and other stakeholders to fully engage in the Provincial consultations and contribute to the development of important public
  2. Improve the quality of public participation and technical
  3. Identify additional areas the Province should consider for future

The Fund will support a range of activities including:

  • Community engagement activities that inform members of the public about the consultations, discuss the issues and facilitate participation.
  • Participation in meetings, networks and other activities to enhance knowledge of the
  • Review of provincial criteria used to develop the proposed Study
  • Research and evidence gathering to bring additional information, criteria or Study Areas
  • Increase understanding of the impact of climate change on water resources in the Greater Golden
  • Attendance at provincial Open Houses and completion of formal submissions under the Environmental Bill of

For information about the consultation process please visit: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page17641.aspx.

For information on a larger community proposal for Greenbelt expansion please visit: http://www.protectourwaters.ca/

Please review the Foundation’s 2018 Grant Guidelines and application deadlines before submitting an application. Applications are submitted online through the Foundation’s grant portal. All applicants must first register through the portal and complete an eligibility quiz. We encourage all potential applicants to contact the Foundation and discuss your idea prior to submitting a funding request. Please contact Shelley Petrie, Program Director at spetrie@greenbelt.ca and (416) 960-0001 ext. 308.

Please note that the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a non-partisan, registered charity, separate from government, and has no formal role in the government's consultation process. 

This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.

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