FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2015
Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the
GTA West Highway Corridor Project
Today, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, issued the following statement on the Ontario government’s decision to suspend the GTA West Highway Corridor project:
"We applaud the Ontario government for making the difficult, but necessary decision to suspend the GTA West Corridor project.
With an estimated $5 billion price tag and no research to show that our region’s crippling congestion will be reduced, it’s time for another look at this project in the context of the Province’s review of the Greenbelt Plan.
There is nearly universal recognition that we need to build more livable communities and better align growth and infrastructure investments. This should not include the construction of an expensive and unnecessary 400-series highway—paving over sources of local food, the water systems that clean our drinking water, and the forests that filter the air we breathe.
The majority of residents in southern Ontario agree with Minister Del Duca’s move. Recent polling by Environics found that three out of four respondents (74 per cent) believe highways should not be built in the province’s permanently protected Greenbelt.
We look forward to hearing from the Province regarding the next steps in the review of this project."