In celebration of Earth Day in Ontario's Greenbelt, the April 22 edition of the Toronto Star features protecting farmland, growing smartly, and growing our Greenbelt to protect water. Plus, learn about the value and significant benefits of the Greenbelt's natural capital. If you missed the print edition, catch up on your weekend reading with this two-page feature.
An amazing 9.2 million people (or 3 million households) live within 20 kilometres of Ontario’s Greenbelt—that’s over a quarter of Canada’s whole population! 20 kilometres is the distance we consider to be “near home” for nature-based recreation, 73% of which occurs within this radius.
Recently we set out to determine what recreational activities people are engaging in across the Greenbelt, and how much the Greenbelt’s waters and forests contribute to the well-being of our region—an assessment of value known as natural capital.Read more
In celebration of National Soil Conservation Week, we are showcasing two of our current Greenbelt research projects.
National Soil Conservation Week 2017 runs from April 16th to 22nd, and focuses on the importance of proper land stewardship for the benefit of all resources—especially soil—under our care. Led by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, it’s an annual effort to highlight continuing successes in soil management, while at the same time keeping soil health top-of-mind for both farmers and the public.
Photo courtesy of Ontario Farmland TrustRead more
Download the presentations from our March 2017 workshop on natural capital valuation, including:
- Valuation framework and results from "Ontario's Good Fortune";
- lessons from Peel and Oakville pilot projects in the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative;
- an update on the development of provincial accounts;
- and a tactical analysis of how best to use natural capital accounting.
The first in a new series, Housing Affordability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, this report places housing prices in the GGH in a global context.
"Understanding the factors contributing to upward pressure on housing prices in the GGH provides the necessary context for policy and planning tools to address concerns of affordability, access and equity in the housing market, in order to create the sustainable and prosperous communities of the future."
Read the full report below.
Stay tuned for the next report in the series!
We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2016-2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest!
This year, we partnered again with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) to launch a photo contest celebrating the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We received over 800 eligible entries celebrating water across the Greenbelt.
The winning photographs were selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, and by over 2000 Greenbelt friends who cast votes for the Peoples' Choice Award. View the winning photographs below, and visit them on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg until June 30, 2017.Read more
- 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
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!
Photo by Dan Copeland, Highway 16, HamiltonRead more
By: Kathy Macpherson, VP Research & Policy
I’m very excited about our upcoming report on valuing the natural capital of the Greenbelt. It helps make it clear that nearly 9 million people are taking advantage of having the world’s largest Greenbelt on their doorsteps, as well as benefiting in many other ways from its natural assets.Read more