Additional Funding for the Greenbelt; Consultations Open

Published on February 24, 2021

As part of our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to protect and recover our natural spaces, we are continuing our support for the protection and stewardship of the Greenbelt, for future generations.

We are investing $12 million to support the Greenbelt Foundation’s ongoing work to protect, promote and improve the Greenbelt in the Golden Horseshoe region. 

The projects delivered through this funding will prioritize planting trees to increase natural cover, enhancing recreational opportunities for Ontarians to experience nature, maintaining and enhancing green infrastructure and building climate resilience.

Ontario is proud to be a partner of the Greenbelt Foundation and their long history of coordinating and funding projects and activities to protect, promote and improve the ecological, social and economic benefits of the Greenbelt.

Greenbelt Consultations:

Ontario is taking steps to grow the Greenbelt through a 60-day consultation that could result in the largest expansion of the protected lands since 2005.

The government has launched consultations to help protect more of the province’s natural environment – including farmlands, forests, wetlands and watersheds – from future development.

This is truly a unique opportunity to grow the Greenbelt and protect Ontario’s environmental, groundwater, and agricultural resources for future generations.

We are seeking input on how best to grow the size and quality of the Greenbelt, including:

The Paris Galt Moraine

Adding, expanding and further protecting urban river valleys, and increasing the Greenbelt’s footprint into high density urban areas including the areas around the Don River in Toronto and land around Duffins Creek in Ajax and Pickering.

We will not consider any proposals to remove or develop any part of the Greenbelt.

We look forward to hearing from the public on how we can further protect the natural environment.

Comments are welcome by email at [email protected] or through the Environmental Registry of Ontario by April 19, 2021. 

For more information on Greenbelt Foundation Funding, click here

For more information on Greenbelt Consultations, click here