Toronto, ON – We applaud the Ontario government for maintaining the Greenbelt’s role to protect sensitive natural areas and slow down urban sprawl.  We are happy to see that the proposed small boundary changes do not impact the overall integrity of the Greenbelt and mostly reject the over 700 requests to remove land from it.

The Greenbelt also protects much of the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s top quality farmland, helping provide local food and growing the agriculture industry into one of the province’s largest employers.

The proposed minor changes to align boundaries and remove 58 hectares from the Greenbelt do not impact its role in protecting natural heritage systems and farmland. Moreover, the expected addition of nearly 9,000 hectares to include sensitive water features, including urban river valleys, will increase the Greenbelt’s reach and effectiveness.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE ( Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 247; (416) 356-2587 (cell);