Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed $14.5 million dollars to projects supporting a robust agricultural sector, protecting the natural environment, championing a strong and successful countryside, promoting smart patterns of urban settlement, and advancing awareness, understanding and support for the Greenbelt.
Our grants in 2010 support some exciting projects, from incorporating the economic value of the Greenbelt’s natural areas into land use decision-making, to guides for diverse foods grown in the Greenbelt, to evaluating the effectiveness of provincial policies in protecting the Greenbelt and its precious water resources.
Supporting a Robust Agricultural Sector
Eat Local Map 2010
Conserver Society of Hamilton www.conserversociety.ca $8,500
Environment Hamilton publishes this map, also available online at www.environmenthamilton.org , as a directory of farms, retails stores and farmers’ markets in the Hamilton area of the Greenbelt for consumers looking for local food. It is also an educational piece about the importance of local food to our health, the environment and farm families, and how the Greenbelt preserves farmland and contributes to a local food network.
Greenbeltfresh Online Marketplace Launch
Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) www.ontarioculinary.com $10,000
OCTA is assisting the Foundation with the launch of www.Greenbeltfresh.ca , an extensive online directory of Greenbelt farms and products. OCTA is testing the website with potential users, connecting the Foundation with industry stakeholders and interested media, and organizing the official launch for spring 2010.
Greenbelt‐grown Cultural Food Guides for York Region
York Region Food Network www.yrfn.ca $45,000
The Guides list retailers, farms and farmers’ markets that sell locally-grown and raised foods used in traditional South Asian and Chinese cuisine. The guides help to identify consumers and retail demand for diverse local foods and, in turn, encourage Greenbelt farmers to grow even more new crops.
Protecting the Natural Environment
Promoting the Value of Ontario’s Greenbelt Natural Capital
David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) www.davidsuzuki.org $100,000
The project builds on the previous work DSF did to calculate the value of the Greenbelt’s natural capital at $2.6 billion in annual benefits. DSF is reaching out to government and industry leaders to discuss ways the Greenbelt’s natural capital can be maintained and increased, in particular acknowledging the Greenbelt’s role in mitigating climate change, providing clean water, and protecting wildlife habitats.
Greenbelt Wetlands Protection Assessment Project
Ecojustice www.ecojustice.ca $173,000
A joint project with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ontario Nature and Earthroots, the partnership is reviewing provincial wetland and water regulations to determine if they are achieving the intended goals of “ecological integrity and hydrological function” supported in the Greenbelt Plan. The research appraises Ontario policies, consults with municipal planners and identifies successes, weaknesses and challenges under the current policy and regulation framework.
Promoting Smart Patterns of Urban Settlement
Growing the Greenbelt
Sierra Club Ontario Chapter www.sierraclub.ca $80,000
The project generates municipal applications to grow the Greenbelt in Halton and Peel, along the Credit River. It also provides support to other communities investigating the benefits of the growing the Greenbelt in order to better protect water quality and natural features.
Championing a Strong and Successful Countryside
Bike Train Greenbelt Express 2010
Waterfront Regeneration Trust www.waterfronttrail.org $40,000
The project promotes the Greenbelt as an attractive destination for cycling tourism through train travel, a sustainable transportation option for travel between Toronto and Niagara. In 2010, Bike Train will integrate GO Transit services in addition to VIA Rail, increase cycle tourism ambassadors in Niagara, and measure the economic and tourism impacts in the Region. www.biketrain.ca