Federal Government Launches Study on Removal of 7,400 Acres of Habitat from Greenbelt

The federal government is launching an environmental study of Rouge National Urban Park to evaluate the impacts of Ontario’s recent decision to pass new regulations removing 7,400 acres of land from the Greenbelt for housing developments. Parks Canada criticized the decision last fall, saying it could cause irreversible harm to wildlife, including endangered species. The study, led by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, will assess the park’s biodiversity and natural features, potentially delaying development of the adjacent Duffins Rouge Agriculture Preserve. The study aims to protect wildlife, natural resources, and ecological connectivity, and will include consultation with the public, Indigenous groups, and others.