Just a few weeks after the Ontario Government was roundly criticized for taking away many of the powers that Conservation Authorities enjoyed regrading limiting development, The Ford Government is considering expansion of the Green Belt. The Ontario government has launched a 60-day consultation to receive input on ideas to grow the Greenbelt and help protect more of the province’s natural environment — including farmlands, forests, wetlands and watersheds — from future development. The consultations could result in the largest expansion of the greenbelt since its creation in 2005.
“This is truly a unique opportunity to grow the Greenbelt and protect Ontario’s environmental, groundwater and agricultural resources for future generations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The Premier has been steadfast in his commitment to protect the Greenbelt and our government will not consider any proposals to remove or develop any part of it.”
Paris Galt Moraine
The government is seeking public 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.
Comments are welcome by email: or through the Environmental Registry of Ontario by April 19, 2021.