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Ontario’s Greenbelt 

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds. It contains nearly two million acres (800,000 hectares) of land – an area larger than Prince Edward Island – and is the largest and most strongly protected greenbelt in the world.

It extends 325 km from the eastern end of the Oak Ridges Moraine, near Rice Lake, in the east, to the Niagara River in the west. The Greenbelt includes the 800,000 acres of land protected by the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and 1 million acres of land known as the Protected Countryside established by the overarching Greenbelt Plan.

The Greenbelt protects environmentally sensitive land and farmlands in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe area from urban development. These lands will serve as a legacy for all Ontarians by preserving and enhancing our natural and cultural heritage.

The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

A co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan was undertaken in 2015.  The extensive feedback received during the consultations on the review, including the Advisory Panel’s recommendations, was considered.   

Amendments to the four plans, including the Greenbelt Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, are proposed for consultation