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
Given that this year was the Greenbelt’s 10th anniversary, this was an especially important Annual Report for us, because we had the opportunity to focus on what we've accomplished over the last decade. We also recognized what the Greenbelt Fund has achieved over the last five years in seeking to create sustained and systemic change to the food system.
There’s something motivating about a team of people working together towards a common future. At our annual retreat, staff came together for team-building, agenda-setting, and collaborative learning.Read more
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has a new Niagara office.
It’s an exciting time. We’re tapped into a great community and we’re here on the ground in one of the Greenbelt’s most specialized agricultural regions.
Niagara is the core producer of the province’s tender fruit and the anchor of the VQA and Ontario wine industry. It's also one of only two designated specialty crop areas in the Greenbelt (the other is the Holland Marsh). Fun Fact: More than 80% of Ontario’s acreage in tender fruit is found in the Greenbelt - the vast majority of that acreage in Niagara.
Niagara's also home to some of Canada's most diverse natural landscapes. It's got a bit of everything - from wetlands, to waterfalls, to wildlife habitats.
A lot of work goes into to protecting and supporting Niagara's agricultural land and its ecologically sensitive areas. At the Greenbelt Foundation we know that many, many, Niagarans are engaged in that project. We want to make sure we're doing our best to support them - so we got ourselves an office space and moved on in!
It’s still early days for us here – but you’ll be hearing much more from the Niagara team in the weeks and months ahead.
In the meantime, Robin Garrett, director of the new regional office, has been busy setting up shop.
We asked her to give us the rundown of what she’s been up to so far.Read more
Every Sunday from September 14th to October 17th we'll be publishing a Greenbelt-focused article by veteran Toronto Star journalist John Barber. The articles, which will first run in the Toronto Star on the Saturdays preceding our posts, cover a range of topics relevant to the Greenbelt as it exists today, and to the challenges it may face in the future. On the Wednesdays following each of Barber's articles, we'll be using his pieces as a conversation catalyst in an evening Twitter Party from 8pm to 9pm.
Ontario's vital watershed facing new risks
Limiting suburban sprawl is key to preserving crucial water supply
Photo Credit: David McCaig
By: John Barber
Standing amid wildflowers at the edge of a pond deep in Hamilton's Dundas Valley, skirted on three sides by the forested walls of the Niagara Escarpment – and with a curious young raccoon distracting his audience – Alan Hansell runs through a depressing litany of environmental insults. As leader of the Stewards of Cootes Watershed, a group dedicated to rehabilitating the 22 creeks that spill over the escarpment and drain into Cootes Paradise at the westernmost end of Lake Ontario, Hansell wants his small flock of litter-picking volunteers to know what they are really up against.
Performers at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, 2014. From left to right: Laura Cole, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer.
Not to brag, but I had a pretty packed Saturday.
I saw almost a dozen great performers live. I visited over 20 booths at one of the largest farmers' markets I've been to. I learnt how to identify stink bugs (hint: they smell like coriander). And I even went for a rainy-day swim.
Rock stars, farmers' markets, horticulture lessons and swimming—it might seem like an odd mix. But at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, all these things share a common greenbelt ground.Read more