Opportunity to Grow the Greenbelt has been Announced!*
*Update March 8, 2018 - The consultation period has now ended.
Thank you to all our Friends and supporters who participated in the recent provincial consultation on growing the Greenbelt to protect critical water resources!
Greenbelt supporters attended open houses, participated in our telephone town hall, and sent letters and submissions to the Province in support of Greenbelt expansion and protecting water. Between our Greenbelt Friends, and a coalition of community groups from across the Greenbelt we estimate that approximately 20,000 letters of support were sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. That's huge!
Widespread support was essential to a positive outcome in the 2015 Greenbelt Review process and we look forward to equally positive outcomes this time around. Make sure to check out Greenbelt.ca for updates.
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The Ontario Government has announced a consultation process on growing the Greenbelt and protecting our region's water.
The Province has identified critical water systems ("the Study Area") currently under pressure from urban growth and climate change, and is seeking public input regarding how and where we should expand Greenbelt protection in those key areas. The Province is accepting feedback online until March 7, 2018.
Follow the links below and be part of this important conversation.
Where the Greenbelt could grow
The Province's "study area" includes critical water systems in multiple communities adjacent to the existing Greenbelt. Click below to find out more about the potential expansion:
Should Greenbelt protection expand to areas beyond the Province's study area? According to a coalition of 120 organizations the answer is a resounding "yes". Check out the coalition's larger, science-based proposal to #GrowtheGB to protect vital water sources:
Why it matters
From mitigating the effects of climate change to ensuring future generations have clean drinking water, protecting water systems is essentially to our region's long-term health and sustainability. Click the link below to find out more about the threats to our water system and the need for urgent Greenbelt protection.
Click here to read the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's statement on the potential Greenbelt expansion.