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Consultation: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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Consultation status: Closed

We would like to thank everyone who shared their ideas and advice on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion to protect water resources.  Between December 7, 2017 and March 7, 2018, we asked for input from municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and the public. We also held information sharing sessions with Indigenous communities and organizations. Your feedback will be used to help us understand what’s most important about protecting water in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).


About the Consultation

We asked for your feedback on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion including:

  • our approach to identifying moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands as important features for protecting water in the outer ring
  • the process we followed for mapping a study area based on the locations of these features
  • other factors to be considered when mapping a proposed Greenbelt boundary, such as accommodating forecasted population and employment growth, and other provincial interests including agriculture, natural heritage, mineral aggregates and infrastructure, and any other local considerations

The study area for consultation was not a proposed boundary. Input received through this consultation will help inform decisions on how to move from a study area to a proposed boundary. There will be further consultation on any boundary that might be proposed in the future.

This consultation was guided by a discussion paper, Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring.

Consultation at a glance

Through this consultation process, we met with and heard from a broad range of participants, including municipalities, conservation authorities, Indigenous communities and organizations, the public, and stakeholders representing a wide spectrum of sectors such as environment, agricultural, aggregates, landowners and development.

Six public open houses, two technical meetings with municipalities and conservation authorities, and a stakeholder meeting were held across the study area with a combined attendance of over 1,400 people.  At the same time, we held information sessions and engaged with interested Indigenous communities and organizations.

The formal period for this round of consultation ran from December 7th, 2017 to March 7th, 2018. Close to 8,500 submissions were received through the Environmental Registry of Ontario, email, on-line forms, mail, as well as written and oral submissions at open houses and technical and stakeholder meetings.

Next Steps

The period for this round of consultation is now closed, and we are currently reviewing all feedback received during consultation. In summer of 2018 the government will continue to work with municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities and organizations on the proposal to further grow the Greenbelt.

Learn more

See more information on the Greenbelt and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.