• BIG NEWS: The wait is over! The province has announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan, as part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.


Job Posting: Research and Policy Assistant #19826

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Research and Policy Assistant #19826

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected natural heritage, prime farmland and vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:
(i) develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related other plans and policies;
(ii) identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
(iii) contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt.



The link invites community members to paint the greenbelt mural

July 22, 2016

The link invites community members to paint the greenbelt mural

The Link community-creative hub is partnering with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to celebrate local food and nature through art with a new mural 

As part of the ongoing community-creative hub development, The Link is partnering with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to create a new mural along the unique, accessible corridor representing the community’s vision of nature and the outdoors. The mural celebrates the natural beauty of the Greenbelt and the Black River which lies on the eastern border of The Link property.

Members of the community are invited to join in painting the mural on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 4pm. Artist Stefano Bove will be prepping the wall for painting in paint-by-number style so all ages and abilities are able to participate in creating this community asset. Snacks and light refreshments will be served.


Natural Heritage Features Mapping: Challenges and Best Practice


pdf-icon.pngNatural Heritage Features Mapping: Challenges and Best Practices (480KB)

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation completed a study to understand the process by which natural heritage features (NHF) are mapped and communicated to the public by municipalities in Ontario. This was in response to issues raised by Greenbelt stakeholders, mainly within the agricultural sector, who are affected by inaccuracies in Official Plan mapping schedules for natural heritage features. 


Burkhard's Blog: Ted Arnott's Green Legacy Programme


One thing you’ll notice about the Greenbelt – whether you’re walking, cycling or driving – is the immense numbers of trees. In fact the Greenbelt is home to an estimated 200 million trees, and they do a lot more than provide a shady place to rest.

The Greenbelt’s forests capture and filter water, absorb air pollution, support crop pollination, and store and sequester carbon. These ‘eco-services’ are worth an estimated $1 billion – and the trees provide them for free.


June 2016 Newsletter


Partnerships unlock best of Ontario’s rural tourism with the Greenbelt Route

June 23, 2016

Curated local loops and collaboration with cycling and tourism groups draw new riders to Ontario’s protected countryside in the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario By Bike, Feast ON, and regional tourism offices across Ontario’s protected Greenbelt to showcase world-class cycle tourism experiences connecting the region in the Greenbelt Route. Launched in 2015, the Greenbelt Route connects communities from Northumberland to Niagara on a signed cycling route through the countryside, highlighting bike-friendly destinations and supporting local economies.


Join the Movement


On May 10th, 2016 the province announced its recommendations for changes to the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.

We are encouraged by the proposal to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands, bringing the Greenbelt into cities and towns with over 6 million residents. 

The province also added four parcels of protected countryside in the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region. 

But...the widely supported grassroots initiative to expand the Greenbelt and protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources was left out of the amendments. We hear that the province plans to start a process to identify such areas in the coming months - let's hold them to their word!

The grassroots 'bluebelt' proposal, put together by a coalition of over 100 environmental and community groups, calls for an ambitious expansion of the Greenbelt in order to protect critical drinking water sources and to ensure an abundant supply of clean water.

Find out more about the proposal and take action at GrowOurGreenbelt.ca!


Ontario Brewery Discovery Routes 2016


Calling all craft beer aficionados, local food lovers, and Greenbelt explorers, the 2016 Brewery Discovery Routes are here!

The set of five self-guided tours will lead you through the province’s craft breweries, cideries, distilleries, and other local food and drink destinations.

All maps available for download on Greenbeltfresh.ca!


Job Posting: Digital Media Assistant

Position: Digital Media Assistant #662016
Organization: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Do you have a passion for online communications?  Are you social media savvy with a keen mind for traditional and emerging online platforms?   Do you excel in a friendly, quick-paced and team oriented learning environment?  The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is looking for a full-time Digital Media Assistant to join the team!

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food.  At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. TheFoundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.


Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

June 09, 2016


 Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

Self-guided tours of craft beverages and local food across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt launched for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016


As Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrates local beer across Ontario, self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks.

First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded version includes nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and additional points of interest across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt.  Some 250,000 maps will be distributed for free to residents throughout the province and all the routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca