• "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!


Study reveals Greater Golden Horseshoe unprotected green space provides $122 million in ecological benefits each year


TORONTO — A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario's rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares of unprotected farmland, fields and forests in the municipalities of Durham, York, Halton, Hamilton and Peel. The fate of these lands remains uncertain as the provincial government considers whether to approve proposals to develop prime farmland and green space as the region grows.


Improving Energy-Efficiency on Greenbelt Farms



February 6, 2013

Pilot Program Reduces Costs for Farmers, Increases Environmental Benefits

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have partnered to promote innovative, economic farming practices that support the environment.


Pembina Institute

Priced_Out.pngPriced Out: Understanding factors that affect home prices in GTA
$24,775 (3 months)

With the Royal Bank of Canada as a partner, Pembina Institute will release a study assessing the key factors responsible for housing price increases in the GTA, which the objective to determine if the protection of the Greenbelt can be ruled out as a key driver.  The study, however, will be conducted in an unbiased manner examining all factors equally.


Grape Growers of Ontario

celebrity-luncheon-2012-grapegrowersofontario.jpgCelebrity Luncheon 2013
$10,000 - February 5, 2013

The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival.  This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.


Guest Blog: Anah Shabbar, Greenbelt Arts


Photo by: Barsin Aghajan. Anah in an alleyway installation called Spark by Kristia Peterson at In the Soil 2012. 

Anah Shabbar has lived in Ontario's Greenbelt her entire life, and through her interests in music, visual production and event planning, found herself working in the arts and culture field.


Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula


Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula


(Tobermory, ON) -- The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $87,000 grant by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The grant will be used to coordinate a community led Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Bruce that strengthens natural connections between existing protected spaces and creates sustainable strategies for development and active use of the landscape.


Here We Grow Again: Seeking an Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper

Position: Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper

Type: Part-time position

Organization: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (www.greenbelt.ca)

Location: Toronto, Ontario (Downtown)


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has a part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper position available in the operations team. Required number of hours will vary depending on experience, but the estimated range is 16 to 24 hours per week, ideally spread over four weekdays.

We invite applications, including hourly rate expectations, from qualified candidates by 10:00 am on January 25th, 2013.


Ontario Government Announces Expansion of Greenbelt

January 10, 2013 


Ontario Government Announces Expansion of Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation applauds Premier Dalton McGuinty on his announcement on expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt. 



The Greenbelt Fund to Host Symposium on Developing a Regional Food System


With funding from the J.W. McConnell Foundation, George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Greenbelt Fund is embarking on a pilot project that will look at ways to integrate regional food hubs with mainstream foodservice distribution to develop a Regional Food System.



strategic-planning-oak-ridges-moraine.jpgStrategic Planning on the Oak Ridges Moraine
$10,000 - January 4, 2013
This is a capacity grant to help Ecospark develop strategic and organizational goals for the Oak Ridges Moraine, as part of their new five-year strategic plan. The project will ensure Ecospark maximizes their reach, impact and leadership on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt.