The Greenbelt – A New Book Celebrating Ontario’s Greenbelt

Coming this spring, a new book by Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg shares the stories of the people and the land in The Greenbelt. The book features stunning photography and candid interviews with the leaders and activists who made the Greenbelt a reality.


Ontario’s Greenbelt is our legacy to the next generation and a bold vision for the future of the region. The Greenbelt protects farmland, preserves natural heritage, and sustains a vibrant rural economy.

The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

We want to offer Greenbelt Friends who have been with us on this journey the first opportunity to pre-order the book. For this week only, we are offering our Friends a 10% discount and free shipping when ordered through our website.


Once the book launches, we’ll be touring the Greenbelt with events featuring readings and interviews with the people who appear in the book. Keep an eye out for your invitation to an event in your area this spring.


2016 Peoples' Choice Award Winner

After receiving over 800 eligible photographs celebrating water in Ontario's Greenbelt, we narrowed the entries down to 123 finalists—check them out in our gallery!

During the first week of February, over 2000 Greenbelt supporters and friends cast votes for a Peoples' Choice winner.

We are pleased to announce Peter Dusek as the winner of the Peoples' Choice Award—Congratulations!

Mr. Dusek's photo, entitled "Island Lake Dusk," garnered 668 votes.


"I took this photograph of Daisy, my faithful companion, one still autumn evening at the Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville, with a view west across the dock of the Island Lake Rowing Club. While she loves to swim in the lake, that night she was just enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of dusk settling in over the water — a quiet moment of "just being”. The final echo of the sunset remains over the horizon to the right, its light being replaced by the glow of Orangeville lights and their reflection in the water. As a landscape photographer, I had my tripod set up, not planning to have Daisy in the scene, but she came just at the right moment and stood perfectly still as I was testing my exposures, resulting in this beautiful photograph." — Peter Dusek

The Peoples' Choice Winner will be exhibited among 20 photographs selected by a jury composed of staff from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC)

The first exhibit will take place at McMichael from March 1 to June 30, 2017. From there, the photos will hit the road to travel the Greenbelt for the summer. Stay tuned!


February 2017 Newsletter


New polling finds 9 in 10 Ontarians want new growth in already built-up areas

In a poll conducted by Environics Research for the Greenbelt Foundation and Environmental Defence, Ontarians were in strong support of policies to support the Growth Plan and protect farmland. 9 in 10 respondents agreed that new growth should be directed to already-built up areas.

Key highlights:
  • 88% support directing growth to already-built up areas
  • 84% support local government incentives to direct growth to main streets, older commercial areas and existing built-up neighbourhoods
  • 73% say developers are building too may single-family homes in suburbia and need to build a greater range and mix of housing options closer to transit and amenities
  • 72% say the Province should only fund transit projects in communities with the housing and job density to support the infrastructure
  • 84% say Yes in My Backyard! to midrise development on main streets if it means better transit, more shops and amenities, and more green space
Read the full results here.

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Thank You for a Wonderful Photo Contest Celebrating Water!

Since October, Greenbelt friends, supporters and residents from across Ontario have submitted over 800 entries to our 2016-17 Photo Contest!

The contest closed on Tuesday, January 10, and we are already enjoying the entries and selecting finalists. On February 1, the finalists will be added to our website and Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Winner. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this year’s entries in our gallery.

RobertCasement-AlbionFalls.pngPhoto of Albion Falls by Robert Casement


Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation congratulates the Province on their commitment to protect farmland and nature with today’s announcement that only minor, technical changes will be made to Greenbelt boundaries. Minister for Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has led a thoughtful, evidence-based review process and should be commended for his work in delivering this important achievement for Ontario.


Farewell to our friend Dan McDermott

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Dan McDermott—a dedicated, long-time environmental advocate—passed away last week at a Toronto hospital, after battling an illness. Dan was a Greenbelt Foundation grantee with Sierra Club Ontario, and served as a steering committee member for the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. He will be missed by the many people who had the pleasure of working with him over his 30 year career.


2016: A Year in the Ontario Greenbelt

2016 was a busy and significant year for the Greenbelt. We put together 12 highlights, in celebration of the 12 days of Christmas and the upcoming 12th anniversary of the Greenbelt in February 2017. Happy Holidays!

DanCopeland_Hwy6Hamilton.jpgPhoto by Dan Copeland, Highway 16, Hamilton


New Assessment of the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital Finds Ecological Goods and Services Are Worth Billions to Residents of Ontario

By: Tom Bowers, Senior Research and Policy Analyst

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to release our latest report, Ontario's Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt's Natural Capital produced by Green Analytics. The report assessed the value of final services provided by the Greenbelt that Ontario residents benefit from, including, flood protection, recreational opportunities and clean drinking water. It finds that in addition to storing over $11.17B of carbon, the Greenbelt provides $3.2B annually in ecosystem services to residents of the region (approximately 9 million people).


Holiday 2016 Newsletter

The holidays are almost here! We’ve compiled our top tips for eating local and exploring the Greenbelt this season. Plus, take a look at a year in the Greenbelt with our Annual Report – including new protections for water and engagement with new partners and communities – and read our highlights from the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance's visit to Queen's Park!