Ontario Proposes Legislation to Expand the Greenbelt, Opens Consultation

Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing an amendment to the Greenbelt Act, 2005. The Greenbelt is a protected half-circle of forest circling the Greater Toronto Area from approximately Coburg to Niagara Falls, and includes the Bruce Trail from Niagara to Tobermory (see this map). The proposed amendment seeks to add thirteen new Urban River Valley Areas to the Greenbelt, which consist of different creeks and rivers already connected to the Greenbelt, Greenbelt Plan, or Great Lakes. The Ministry now seeks consultation with the municipalities that would be affected by the proposed Urban River Valley Areas, including Hamilton, Clarington, Darlington, Oshawa, Oakville, and Toronto. Ontario’s Greenbelt has been celebrated for protecting Ontario’s wild animal population and maintaining biodiversity in ecosystems. The consultation closes April 23rd 2022. Read the proposed amendment and submit a comment here.