On February 28, 2005, the Greenbelt Act was passed by the Ontario government, creating one of the world’s largest Greenbelts and permanently protecting over 2 million acres of highly productive farmland and environmentally sensitive areas.
Research consistently shows more than 9 in 10 Ontarians across the political, demographic and geographic spectrum support the Greenbelt. Municipalities play a key role in supporting the Greenbelt as the implementers of provincial plans and policies that align with local priorities.
Why the Greenbelt is Important to Municipalities
Climate change, global food supply chain disruptions, population growth, and the biodiversity crisis make the Greenbelt more important than ever. The Greenbelt is also a crucial municipal asset that supports local economies through revenue from taxes, tourism and recreation opportunities close to home.
Maintaining and growing a permanently protected Greenbelt – for current and future generations – should be a priority for all local and regional elected officials. Municipal governments must continue to show strong leadership to provide long-term certainty for Greenbelt residents, farmers, businesses and communities.
We are asking all municipal candidates to support a number of commitments that will ensure the Greenbelt remains permanent, protected and prosperous. With your support, the Greenbelt’s over two million acres of protected farmland, forests, wetlands and rivers, can continue to provide clean air, fresh water and a secure local food source for all Ontarians.
Commitments to ensure the Greenbelt remains permanent, protected, and prosperous:
Protect and expand existing Greenbelt boundaries
Take action to ensure security of local food and agriculture
Protect our natural environment, so it can protect us: invest in the restoration of Greenbelt natural systems and connectivity
Improve access to greenspaces for all
86 per cent of Ontarians agree that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions of our generation to the future of Ontario.
What can this future look like?
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