Mayors Say ‘Grow the Greenbelt’

Ontario’s greenbelt was created in 2005. It is up for review in 2015. A group of 70 municipal leaders have come together as the “Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt” (MLGB) to advocate for expansion of the original 1.8 million acre greenbelt. Representatives met at Queen’s Park in June to propose that the Ontario government:

  • Add one million more acres to the greenbelt
  • Preserve 200,000 acres as Canada’s first “Food Belt”
  • Make it easier for municipalities to add land in their communities to the green belt

The creation of a 200,000 acre food belt is designed to encourage greater food production in areas adjacent to Ontario’s largest urban centres. This area would run between urban areas in Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga, and the existing Greenbelt.

MLGB Co-chairs are from Oakville, Ajax and Toronto. Supporting members have come from Niagara, York, Waterloo, Simcoe, Halton, Peel and Durham regions.