Ontario Greenbelt watersheds save taxpayers hundreds of millions by protecting waterways and drinking water
May 30, 2012
TORONTO - The globally renowned Ontario Greenbelt provides more than $1 billion a year in economic benefits, according to a report released today by the David Suzuki Foundation.Read more
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2012
Ontario’s Greenbelt is Good for the Economy
-New Study Shows Greenbelt Jobs Are Economic Assets-
(Toronto, Ontario) – A new study released today shows that jobs are flourishing across the Greenbelt. This resource rich region of Ontario is more than vibrant countryside, it is a considerable contributor to the job market and leads to significant tax revenues for all levels of government. The total economic impact of Greenbelt-associated activity exceeds $9.1 billion annually province-wide.Read more
Produced by Econometric Research Limited, this study identifies, quantifies and showcases the economic contributions of the Greenbelt on the provincial economy and local areas dependent on its resource base. It provides objective, meaningful and sound estimates of the economic contributions of the main economic activities in, or based on, the natural capital base of the Greenbelt.
This report presents the findings of a two-year study that investigated the extent to which new legislation, policy and stronger legal standards are serving to protect and restore wetlands in Ontario's Greenbelt.
Undertaken by Ducks Unlimited Canada, Earthroots, Ecojustice and Ontario Nature, the study comprised four components: a comprehensive analysis of the legal and policy framework, a planners survey, nine case studies and an analysis of the cumulative impact of water takings. The report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the three provincial land-use plans in effect across the Greenbelt - the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conversation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan, and their intersection with other law and policies relevant to wetland protection.
Biodiversity in Ontario's Greenbelt – 2.97 MB
In 2008, The David Suzuki Foundation released Ontario's Wealth, Canada's Future: Appreciating the Value of the Greenbelt's Ecological Services. Building on that research, this subsequent report, Biodiversity in Ontario's Greenbelt, showcases the significance of the Greenbelt for the diversity of life in Ontario and emphasizes the importance of system-based planning.
The Living Greenbelt – 2.73 MB
In 2005, the Province established the Greenbelt as a legacy for generations of Ontarians to come. Adding more than 1 million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive lands to the already protected Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and the Oak Ridges Moraine, the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt is intended to support multiple objectives including: (i) sustaining and nurturing the agricultural sector; (ii) protecting natural heritage systems; (iii) providing cultural, recreational and tourism opportunities; (iv) supporting viable rural communities; and, (v) ensuring sustainable infrastructure and natural resource practices. This report provides an overview of what is being done by the provincial and municipal governments to advance these objectives.Read more
Sustaining Ontario's Greenbelt – 3.06 MB
Developers, planners and environmentalists can all wave their "whitebelt" flag. A new study shows that the area between the Greenbelt and urban growth boundaries, nicknamed the "whitebelt", contains enough land to accommodate development for several generations.
In fact, expansion plans for the next 20 years in the regions of Durham, York, Peel, Halton, and the City of Hamilton only allow use of approximately 17 per cent of the "whitebelt" for development. This leaves nearly 83 per cent of the "whitebelt", or 120,000 acres of land, untouched until 2031 providing decades of land for housing, industrial and commercial development.Read more
Produced by Ray Tomalty, Ph.D and Bartek Komorowski, MUP at Smart Cities Research Services, this report examines the potential impacts, both positive and negative, of climate change on the long-term viability of the Greenbelt and proposes a suite of measures to adapt to these changes. The main focus is on climate change impacts on the Greenbelt Plan’s main areas of concern: natural heritage, agriculture, recreation, and infrastructure.Read more
Wetlands are known to provide a number of important services to society. These services, which include water filtration/regulation, biodiversity habitat, carbon storage, and others, have declined over time in many regions of the world due to wetland area and quality loss.Read more