Action Alert - Speak Up on Growing Ontario's Greenbelt

Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently announced Phase 2 of consultations on Growing the Greenbelt. During this phase, feedback is desired on proposals to add 13 new and expanded Urban River Valleys, as well as seeking ideas for adding more Urban River Valleys to the Greenbelt. Notably, the Grand River is excluded from the Greenbelt expansion proposal. The 30-day consultation closes on April 23, 2022. 

CELA will be submitting comments to the provincial government in support of growing the Greenbelt and asking the government to ensure fulsome protection of these areas. Further, given that many communities within the Grand River watershed are both designated as urban growth areas and have groundwater as a key drinking water source, we will be urging protection of critical recharge areas such as the Paris-Galt Moraine immediately.

This is an important opportunity for communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region to remind Ontario and local governments about the importance of maintaining, restoring, and improving natural areas, waters, and farmlands.

CELA is reviewing the postings on the Environmental Registry, and will post updates on this page as we have them.  Check this page to learn about developments and opportunities to engage.

Resources

Expanding the Greenbelt for Nature and People

CELA partnered with Wildlands League to host a webinar about expanding the Greenbelt.  CELA Special Projects Counsel, Healthy Great Lakes, Anastasia Lintner presented. Anastasia’s presentation is available here: Expand the Greenbelt for Nature and People (CELA presentation)

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CONTACT YOUR MUNICIPALITY

Get in touch with your local planning department, mayor, and councillors about your support for growing the Greenbelt in your community.

CONTACT YOUR MPP

MPPs have a responsibility to advocate for their constituents and our communities.  Send an email asking them to Grow the Greenbelt in your community.  Find your MPP here.

SEND IN A SUBMISSION

The government consultation period is open until April 23, 2022.  Submit your comments here.

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