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Research

The Foundation invests in enhancing understanding of the Greenbelt’s invaluable natural and economic systems. We collaborate with experts, and undertake and fund research and analysis that helps ensure the long term health and prosperity of the Greenbelt, with a particular focus on the Greenbelt’s agricultural system, natural heritage system, rural economies, and the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan itself.

Request for Proposals: 

Monitoring the Sustainability of the Greenbelt Expert Consultation and Strategy Writing

Greenbelt Foundation is in the final stage of a multi-year project to develop a set of indicators for monitoring all of the thematic areas relevant to the sustainability of the Greenbelt and work of the Foundation.

To understand the success of the Greenbelt Plan and inform the work of the Foundation and other partners working to increase its resiliency, information is needed to understand how the physical, social and economic landscapes are changing over time. Building and communicating information and knowledge about the Greenbelt requires identification of spatial and temporal trends in agriculture systems, natural systems, tourism, cultural heritage, development of complete communities, rural economies and climate resilience.

Previous work done by the Foundation on this project has included a literature review and initial stakeholder consultation to identify potential methods of monitoring the Greenbelt’s systems. A background report on the results of that research, including a preliminary list of monitoring indicators, can be provided upon request. 

Greenbelt Foundation has been building on this previous research by examining the feasibility, benefits and drawbacks of using specific indicators to monitor the agricultural and natural systems. Early results of this work will be available by the end of October to help inform this project which will focus on a second round of consultation and a final report on the overall project with a strategic plan for monitoring the sustainability of the Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt Plan includes reference to multiple inter-related systems. Stakeholder subject area expertise for this project varies and an approach to consultation is needed that is both respectful of stakeholders’ time while also limiting siloed thinking.

Engagement of Indigenous communities, in accordance with community protocols, and the development of ethical space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to contribute equally and meaningfully in decision-making processes are central to our Foundation’s values. Engagement with Indigenous communities on this project is an important but separate initiative and as such it is outside the scope of this project.

Proposals must be received no later than end of day (midnight) Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

View full RFP and submission details. 

Survey: Connecting New Canadians to the Greenbelt

In 2019, the Greenbelt Foundation wanted to better understand how we could continue to expand our outreach to New Canadians in order to increase their familiarity with the Greenbelt and the benefits it provides, as well as increase their use of the Greenbelt’s outdoor recreation opportunities for the many benefits they can provide to them.

In 2019, the Foundation retained expert services to undertake key informant interviews with organizations that are involved with outdoor recreation programming for New Canadians in the GTA, followed by focus groups with first- and second-generation[1] Chinese and South Asian Canadians.

The findings from the interviews and the focus groups have helped the Greenbelt Foundation to understand what these audiences are interested in, what activities they are already engaging in (e.g. hiking, cycling, and on-farm fruit picking), but generally they had little knowledge that they were in the Greenbelt or what it was. We also began to understand how to target and reach New Canadian audiences with information. The Greenbelt Foundation is interested in continuing to build on this research to inform approaches to increase Greenbelt awareness among New Canadians, identify barriers to engagement, and how to continue to effectively expand our reach to these audiences.

[1] For the purposes of this research, “first-generation” referred to individuals who were born elsewhere and immigrated to Canada, while “second-generation” referred to the children of immigrants and were born in Canada.

Proposals must be received no later than end of day (midnight) December 15, 2020.

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