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Ontario’s Greenbelt Turned Nine

February 28, 2014 marked the ninth anniversary of the world’s largest permanent greenbelt.

Protecting nearly 2 million acres of valuable lands from development, the Greenbelt supports healthy communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe by curbing urban sprawl and preserving our natural heritage. Its woodlands are a natural carbon sink that clean our air and fight climate change. Its wetlands and moraine support our clean water systems. In addition, the farmlands on the Greenbelt supply dairy, pork, beef and poultry products, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
“The Greenbelt supports our plans for a prosperous and sustainable Ontario. It is a key part in our government’s efforts to protect the environment and combat climate change. In those terms, the Greenbelt is one of the greatest contributions our generation has made to the future of Ontario.”

— Linda Jeffrey, former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Ontario’s Greenbelt plays a vital role in protecting our green spaces, wetlands, drinking water and working farmland. Thanks to the new urban river valley designation, the Greenbelt can now permanently protect urban river valleys. This will enable the Greenbelt to grow, and continue to clean our air and water, and connect millions of Ontarians to the jewel that is Ontario’s Greenbelt.”

— Sarah Winterton, Managing Director, Environmental Defence