• "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!


Small Change Making a Big Difference: One-of-a-kind Program Brings New Products to a Farmers’ Market Near You


This harvest season there’s even more to celebrate with new products available at farmers’ markets in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt. 

With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, more than $44,000 in small-scale or ‘microgrants’ are being provided to 68 farmers, helping them meet customers’ demands to bring more local food to their plates.


Celebrating Farmer Innovations in the Greenbelt!


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is proud to congratulate Phil Short of Vortex Packaging who won the ‘Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation’ and Victory Organic Inc. who won a ‘Leaders in Innovation Award’.  Both awards were handed out at the Ontario Legislature as part of the Ontario Premier’s Annual Agri-Food Summit.


Tour de Greenbelt 2012

September 15th marked the 5th annual Tour de Greenbelt. This year, cyclists, runners and hikers set out on marked routes throughout Rouge Park and the surrounding Greenbelt countryside.



Farmers are Working Hard to Bring You New Products!

Farmers’ market customers are looking for more value added and prepared foods, preserves, more variety, and more early spring and late fall produce. This information led us to pilot the New Products Program 2012, a microgrants initiative for farmers to invest in new crops and new products.

The program has been a great success so far, striking a chord with farmers in and around the Greenbelt. The grants offered small amounts of funding which gave farmers the incentive or “added-push” to bring new, innovative products to farmers markets. Feedback from these small-scale farmers has been incredibly positive, as they have expressed their appreciation for the Greenbelt Foundation’s financial and moral support.


Greenbelt Fund

regional-food-hub-project.jpgRegional Food Hub Project
$75,000 - September 21, 2012

Funding is provided to the Greenbelt Fund to establish a regional food hub pilot for the Greater Toronto Area in order to meet consumer demand for local food. The hub will open the door for small and mid-scale farmers, and those with differentiated products, to gain access to the marketplace where the majority of food spending occurs. This project confirms partnerships and develops an implementation plan to carry out the pilot.


Canada's Wealth of Natural Capital: Rouge National Park


pdf-icon.png Canada's Wealth of Natural Capital: Rouge National Park – 5.9 MB

The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic value of the ecosystem services and benefits provided by various types of ecosystem and land uses found within the region.


The Value of Rouge Park? Priceless.


New study values Greenbelt’s Rouge Park at more than $115M per year

David Suzuki Foundation recently released a study that estimates the economic benefits provided by farmland and green space within the proposed Rouge National Park and surrounding watersheds.


Carbon in the Bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its Role Mitigating Climate Change


pdf-icon.pngCarbon in the Bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its Role Mitigating Climate Change – 3.81 MB

This report is the sixth in a series in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in Canada's major urban centres. It highlights the important role that the Ontario Greenbelt's forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils play in capturing and storing vast amounts of carbon. A principle goal of the report is to bring the importance of the Greenbelt as an instrument of climate change mitigation into relief by translating these essential ecosystem services into economic values. The report also examines a number of threats to the long-term ability of the Greenbelt to serve this climate regulation function and argues that Ontario's climate change policy framework should be revised to strengthen its ability to protect essential functions and even enhance the Greenbelt's natural capacities as a carbon sink. 


Ontario's secret climate change weapon: the Greenbelt


Study finds Ontario Greenbelt's forests and wetlands store millions of tonnes of carbon: equivalent to annual emissions from 33-million cars

TORONTO - The David Suzuki Foundation released a study today that assesses the economic value of hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon absorbed and stored in the internationally renowned Ontario Greenbelt — a relatively unheralded carbon storehouse estimated to be worth more than $2.4 billion.


Ontario Nature

roots-greenbelt-planning-grant.jpgRoots of the Greenbelt-Planning Grant
$10,000 - July 25, 2012
This funding will allow Ontario Nature to take the preliminary steps towards developing a best practice guide to natural heritage systems planning. Working with municipal planners and conservation groups towards its development, the guide will achieve successful natural heritage system planning in municipalities, creating strong natural connections between natural heritage features and systems protected in the Greenbelt and its surrounding area.