Happy Holidays from all of us at the Greenbelt Foundation! As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to highlight some of our work in 2019. From investing in natural infrastructure, to engaging underserved communities, to supporting strong collaborations with Indigenous partners, to helping build southern Ontario’s sustainable food systems, the Greenbelt Foundation was hard at work this year. While our goals remain the same – to protect and enhance the Greenbelt for the benefit of all Ontarians, our projects and programs change from year to year. Take a look HERE at our Annual Report Summary for an overview of what we’ve been up to this past year. Keep an eye out for our full Annual Report, which will launch as part of our brand new website early in 2020.

2020 will be an exciting year at the Foundation. For one, it’s the Greenbelt’s 15th birthday! To celebrate fifteen years, we are hosting our annual Friend of the Greenbelt Awards in the Spring, which recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Greenbelt and the work of the Foundation. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information about the Awards!

Many of our amazing Friends of the Greenbelt have given generously this year. Thank YOU! If you still wish to donate in time to receive your 2019 charitable tax credit, please visit HERE. Your support helps ensure the Greenbelt remains protected and prosperous.

Moccasin Identifier Project Launches New Website

The project, developed by Carolyn King in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and supported by the Greenbelt Foundation, has launched a new website. This important step comes as King continues to lead the project in beta-testing and promoting a toolkit for Ontario schools who are looking to educate their students on the history and presence of First Nations on the land.


Grant Program Connected Residents with their Local River Valley In September, we launched the 2019 Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program of grants, in partnership with Park People – the second installment in a three-year grant program. The launch event was at Doctors McLean Park in Vaughan with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, and celebrated the five grant recipients: City of Vaughan, Friends of the Rouge, Bowmanville Valleys 2000, Ontario Streams and Riverwood Conservancy, all of whom are running innovative programs that connect residents with efforts to learn about and restore their local Greenbelt-protected urban river valley.

1,700 Youth, Newcomers and Seniors go Into the Greenbelt
A busy Into the Greenbelt season has come to a close with an event at Mountsberg Conservation Area on November 29th. The program – a partnership between the Greenbelt Foundation and Park People – runs annually and brought approximately 1,700 underserved Ontarians into the Greenbelt in 2019 for fun, educational daytrips. Youth, seniors and newcomers visited conservation areas, pick-your-own farms and other Greenbelt landscapes to learn about wildlife, natural systems and agriculture.


This past June, we launched our Sustaining Soil Health report, highlighting fourteen Greenbelt farmers who are leading the way with innovative solutions to preserving their soil's health. With the governments of Ontario and Canada having just announced a $5.75 million soil health research and monitoring fund through ONFARM, it seems clear that the protection of our region’s rich soil will continue to be a priority for government, as well as agricultural and conservation organizations moving forward.



While the environmental impacts of climate change are well explored, what are often overlooked are the subtler effects that the crisis has on our psyche. To address this, the Greenbelt Foundation with support from Environment Funders Canada and the Ivey Foundation, launched two reports and three public briefs in October that explore the mental health impacts of climate change on three vulnerable groups in the Greater Golden Horseshoe – women, youth and newcomers. The reports are part of our broader In a Changing Climate series, which you can check out HERE.

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