Protecting Ontario's Greenbelt

What’s nearly 2 million acres and runs through one of the most populated parts of Canada? That would be Ontario's world renowned Greenbelt.

Ontario's Greenbelt protects green space, farmland and local food sources, rivers, streams and environmentally-sensitive areas from sprawl. These areas are home to birds and wildlife and help protect our drinking water. But that's not all; the Greenbelt also prevents pollution and provides people with a better quality of life.

And, it's there because of Environmental Defence's work.

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As Ontario's Greenbelt celebrates its 10th birthday, the Greenbelt Plan is under review. This is a chance to strengthen the Greenbelt and protect it from threats. Stronger policies can protect our forests, drinking water sources and farmland while encouraging the growth of healthier communities.

We’re working with local community members that want to protect natural areas and help grow Ontario’s Greenbelt. Through our Greenbelt Action Fund, community members can apply for funding in support of a local initiative dedicated to promoting increased protection of natural areas in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt.

For more on Ontario’s Greenbelt, visit the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance website.