• BIG NEWS: The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel has released recommendations on the Greenbelt Plan!

    Find out what they said, why it's important, and how to get involved!


April 2016 Newsletter

April 2015 Newsletter

Farmers' Markets, Photo Exhibits, and more!

This month's newsletter features:

  • Farmers' Market Opening Dates
  • An Greenbelt Photo Exhibit
  • A Smart Growth Primer 
  • And more... ! 




Grantee Spotlight: Catching up with the Credit Valley Trail



Grantee Spotlight is a blog series highlighting the experiences and successes of the Foundation’s grantees, as they work with communities and other Greenbelt partners to keep our province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for future generations.

First proposed more than 60 years ago, the enduring vision of connected and protected trail along the Credit River is becoming a reality. This past September, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to support the creation of the Credit Valley Trail Master Plan.

The grant supports Credit Valley Conservation and the Credit Valley Heritage Society as they work towards the creation Master Plan by 2017 and a fully actualized 110-kilometre hiking trail within the next 10-15 years! It might seem like a long-time to wait, but there are lots of important milestones to celebrate along the way.

Read project-lead Susan Robertson’s latest Credit Valley Trail (CVT) update to get the inside scoop on this visionary project (see Susan's earlier update here).



Pembina Institute's Smart Growth Primer

Port Credit, Mississauga

If you’ve been following the conversations around the review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans you’ve almost certainly heard about the importance of "smart growth", "intensification", and "compact communities".

But what do these terms really mean? And what would smart growth mean in practice?

Close to Home, a recent Pembina Institute publication answers those questions and more in one short and accessible primer. 


Durham Students Sign on to Greenbelt Youth Charter to Celebrate Earth Week

April 20, 2016

Students from Dunbarton H.S. in Pickering tour our Greenbelt and take the Youth Charter Pledge

Students from Dunbarton High School are among the more than 800 students who have signed onto the Greenbelt Youth Charter and will be getting an in-depth look at the Greenbelt on a day-long Tour. Launched in November 2015, the Greenbelt Youth Charter was written by Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors from high schools across the region who will benefit from a strong and protected Greenbelt for decades to come.


Job Posting: Ontariofresh.ca Project Lead

*Note: This is a job posting for a position with the Greenbelt Fund not the Greenbelt Foundation. 

Greenbelt Fund
Job Posting: 
Ontariofresh.ca Project Lead
Job ID #77922
Application Deadline: May 2, 2016, 5pm

Are you interested in leveraging online networks and technology to solve problems in the food system? Are you a natural systems thinker and problem solver looking for your next project management challenge? Are you excited by the growing social enterprise movement?

If so, we have a fantastic opportunity to join the Greenbelt Fund to implement an exciting food and tech innovation designed to assist getting more great local Ontario food to market. 

This position will focus on the Ontariofresh.ca project - an online network and marketing service designed to help Ontario businesses buy and sell wholesale local food. The Fund is currently undertaking the development of ambitious new services for Ontariofresh.ca. The successful candidate will have proven project management capacity, excellent stakeholder relations skills, and experience implementing or managing complex online applications.

The Greenbelt Fund is a non-profit organization created to support the development of local food systems in Ontario and Ontario's Greenbelt. To do this, we provide investment, education, training, and networking opportunities to businesses and stakeholders across the agri-food value chain in the province, working in partnership with government, industry and NGOs.


Eco-clothing company to donate to Greenbelt Foundation for Earth Week


We're honoured!

Ungalli, a Canadian clothing brand that creates apparel from recycled materials, is donating 20% of all Earth Week (April 18-24) online sales to support the work we do here at the Foundation. 

When Ungalli first approached us with the idea we knew we had to find out more about what this small Thunder Bay based company was all about. 


Adding some green to Durham schools


Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 


What do you get when you mix the natural beauty of the Greenbelt, the imagination of a local artist, and the hard work and creativity of students, staff, and teachers? Three new Greenbelt murals in Durham's public schools! 

Since 2012, The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with artists and communities across the Golden Horseshoe to bring a little Greenbelt into public schools and outdoor spaces. 

Our latest mural partnerships have taken us into Durham schools. The students not only get to participate in the mural-creating process, they get to learn about the Greenbelt's value, and liven up their school hallways, all at the same time.

Now that the first set of murals are complete, we're excited to share the incredible results with you all. See below for pictures!


Growing Our Greenbelt: The Humber River Headwaters



Growing our Greenbelt is a blog series focusing on "areas of critical ecological and hydrological significance" recently flagged by more than 100 environmental and community group as requiring Greenbelt protection. Over the next several months, we'll be highlighting the headwaters, ground water recharge areas, surface water features and urban river valleys that, if added to the Greenbelt Plan, would be part of protected and connected clean water system. 

Want to see your Greenbelt grow? Follow our series and use #GrowOurGB on social media to join the movement!


Did you know….

Significant portions of the headwater catchment area for the Humber River are not currently protected under the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans?

But here’s the good news, more than 100 community and environmental groups are recommending that the provincial government fix this protection gap before we lose these critical headwater areas to the pressures of urbanization.

It’s all part of a recently released "Bluebelt" proposal that calls for a 1.5 million acre Greenbelt expansion into Ontario's sensitive water systems (Find out more about the proposal here).  


The “Bluebelt” proposal identifies three specific Humber River headwater catchment areas in Peel and York vulnerable to urban development. These areas, circled on the map above, are adjacent to and surrounded by Greenbelt protected lands.


What Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders teach us about municipal elections in Ontario


The U.S. Republican primary election is the best entertainment in town. The extreme statements by Donald Trump provide media fodder that is reminiscent of those by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford‎. The fighting on debate stages is better than any reality TV show.‎ And now GOP elders entertain us with colourful language about the front runner.

But what's really interesting is the commonality between the rise of the unexpected candidates in both parties. Before you think me as crazy as the Donald, hear me out.

On the Democratic Party side, there is Bernie Sanders saying the other candidate is owned by Wall Street and its millions of donation dollars. ‎Sanders is financing his campaign with small donations.That message is playing well for him and has propelled him as a serious threat to Clinton. Young people in particular like that message.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump often reminds his audiences that his campaign is self-financed and that his opponents are in the pockets of lobbyists. That makes him appealing to a large portion of his supporters.

So on both sides of the aisle American voters have tired of the influence of corporate donations. They believe them to be too dominant.


Top 11 Greenbelt stories to look forward to in the years ahead!

February 28, 2016 marks 11 years since the Greenbelt Act established the largest greenbelt in the world. 

A lot has happened since, and at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we’re fortunate to be a part of it. 

The tireless efforts of our friends, partners, and grantees over the last 11 years have shown Ontarians that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of the province and has ensured that the Greenbelt is a great place to live, work, play and grow. 

And here’s the best part – after 11 great years, there’s still more to come!

In honour of 11 years of the Greenbelt, here are the top 11 things we’re looking forward to in the years ahead. 

  1. A greener, more robust Greenbelt
  2. An opportunity to grow our Greenbelt 
  3. An 110-km Credit Valley Trail
  4. More varieties of Tender Fruit
  5. More Cycling Infrastructure
  6. A growing local food sector
  7. Improving the Greenbelt’s ecological health
  8. Preparing for climate change
  9. Partnerships and knowledge-sharing with Ontario’s planners
  10. Leveraging green infrastructure and natural capital in Ontario’s Greenbelt
  11. The voices and innovation of Greenbelt youth