The growing the Greenbelt event draws key politicians, environmental activists, farmers, winemakers, Greenbelt community leaders and the media to Oakville in April 2010 to celebrate the addition of new lands to the Greenbelt. The event serves as an inspiration to continue to protect, expand and enhance the Greenbelt in the years ahead.
The “Cootes to Escarpment Vision: Public Launch” is a celebration of the completion of the planning process. The public and stakeholder event launches the “Cootes to Escarpment Vision” plan document, with a formal ceremony followed by organized outdoor winter activities as part of celebration activities for the Greenbelt’s 5th anniversary.
Through the inaugural “2009 Ontario Bike Summit,” the Share the Road Cycling Coalition builds capacity in the bicycling advocacy movement to grow cycling infrastructure, education and awareness initiatives in Ontario, making it safer and easier for cyclists to visit the Greenbelt areas by bike. The Foundation participates in the Summit, hosted by the Coalition, which includes key policy makers, speakers and workshops, aiming to establish a Provincial Bike Policy.
The Greenbelt protects about 535,000 acres of lakes, wetlands, river valleys and forests, providing protected habitat for wildlife and endangered species.
Ecojustice is Canada’s leading non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists, with a dedication to the environment and conservation, and a mandate to assess the effectiveness of the Greenbelt Plan with respect to provincial groundwater and wetlands conservation.
This planning grant is an extraordinary example of the partnerships forming to implement effective change throughout the Greenbelt. Ecojustice scopes the potential for a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan in relation to wetland protection by reviewing selected case studies, transitional developments, and plans in action. This prepares the group to identify issues and geographic areas where implementation needs improvement, or where the Greenbelt Plan may need refinement.
“Farming in a way that looks after the environment is important for the land we work, for our family’s health and for those who live around us. It’s in our own best interest to learn, adapt, and keep up with the times” -Niagara area farmer Martin Schuele
In partnership with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority encourages environmental stewardship actions among farmers in the Greenbelt.
Greenbelt Farm Stewardship Program - Phase I: Environmental Farm Plans encourage Greenbelt farmers to share in the protection of the environment, ensuring their farmland, the surrounding Greenbelt countryside and area residents continue to thrive. Led by farmers for farmers, the Plans includes management practices to create energy and water efficiency, protect wetlands, help with proper soil management, correct disposal of farm wastes and improve handling and storage of pesticides as well as a variety of other stewardship activities.
Greenbelt Farm Stewardship Program - Phase II: In response to tremendous interest from the farming community after the initial stewardship program, the expanded program enables more farmers to undertake environmental management projects. From water well protection, energy and water efficiency, to wetland maintenance, soil management, manure control, and farm waste disposal, farmers are innovating to ensure safe methods of food production and natural landscape preservation.
Greenbelt Farm Stewardship Program - Phase I:
$1,400,000 June 25, 2007
Greenbelt Farm Stewardship Program - Phase II:
$1,000,000 June 8, 2009
The “Greenbelting Toronto” campaign has been successful in encouraging the adoption of a 50% target for local food procurement.
Many Torontonians are not aware of the abundance of resources provided by a healthy greenbelt right outside of their city. In its trademark campaigning style, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is working with Torontonians and other organizations to raise awareness and generate pressure on policy makers, to help preserve and grow the Greenbelt.
Greenbelting Toronto: Greenbelting Toronto is the first phase of TEA’s successful Greenbelt campaign, which has successfully lobbied the Toronto City Council to adopt the Local Food Procurement Policy and Implementation Plan that prioritizes Greenbelt-grown food for purchase in City institutions.
Greenbelting Toronto 2.0: Greenbelting Toronto 2.0 build’s on TEA’s successful “Greenbelting Toronto” project to further encourage adoption and implementation of Greenbelt-friendly policies by the City of Toronto. The project focuses on maintaining a stable market for Greenbelt farmers by ensuring the effective implementation of Toronto’s Local Food Procurement Policy, and growing the Greenbelt in Toronto.
$250,000 March 1, 2007
Greenbelting Toronto 2.0:
$150,000 June 8, 2009
The project offers farmers enhanced cost share opportunities to encourage adoption of energy-saving practices on their farms and promote green energy generation for farm use. The link with the Environmental Farm Plan and its associated cost share program brings immediate exposure and credibility to this project, offering up to a 75% contribution towards selected Best Management Practices.
The Niagara Escarpment Foundation spearheads a collective of citizen groups to review regional water issues, and the work needed Greenbelt-wide to address these issues. The project aims to modernize the water policies of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, largely from the mid-1980s, in preparation for the Province’s review of the Greenbelt Plan in 2015.
The food sector is the second largest employer in Ontario after the auto industry, employing more than 700,000 people.
Committed to creating local sustainable food systems, Local Food Plus is stepping in to boost employment in the agricultural sectors of the Greenbelt, as many Ontarians reel from job losses in Ontario’s largest industry, the automotive sector.Local Food Plus (LFP) creates new, green employment built on the Greenbelt’s food and agriculture sector while enhancing agricultural protection. Targeting the Greenbelt regions hardest hit by the loss of auto-related jobs—Hamilton, St. Catharines, and Oshawa—LFP creates local food jobs by establishing local food procurement strategies in municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals.
The Bike Train has already carried over 1,000 passengers, and now offers a trip route for bikers between Toronto and Montreal
Cycling is an excellent way to see and explore the immense landscapes of the Greenbelt and visit its vibrant communities, and the Bike Train makes it easier for Ontarians to jump on board and head out for a leisurely ride in our nearby Greenbelt areas.
The Greenbelt Express Toronto-Niagara Bike Train: After a successful pilot run, the Bike Train expands to create a model cycling tourism program for Niagara. The expanded program enables visitors to bring their bikes onto existing passenger trains, to encourage low impact Greenbelt tourism and healthy lifestyles.
Growth of the Greenbelt Express: This second expansion of the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train service allows cyclists of all levels more flexibility when planning their cycling adventures to the Greenbelt’s beautiful areas. The expanded program introduces increased service times, routes and destinations, aimed at increasing awareness of the Greenbelt and the diversity of cycling experiences available in Ontario.
The Greenbelt Express Toronto-Niagara Bike Train:
$25,000 November 29, 2007
Growth of the Greenbelt Express: $36,750 January 19, 2009