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The Greenbelt Council is a government advisory agency, which provides advice on the Greenbelt to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The council also provides advice on the implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The success of the Greenbelt Plan is dependent upon the successful implementation of these and other provincial land use planning initiatives.

The Greenbelt Council is a key part of the government's approach to Greenbelt protection that includes the Greenbelt Act, 2005 and the Greenbelt Area, which permanently protects over 2 million acres of greenspace across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Greenbelt Plan works together with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan) to guide land use planning in the region.

The Greenbelt Act, 2005 requires that the Minister of Municipal Affairs appoint a Greenbelt Council to provide the Minister with advice on the Greenbelt.

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Who is on the Council

Members of the Greenbelt Council support the objectives of the Greenbelt and the related Growth Plan, as well as a chair, appointed by the minister through the Public Appointments SecretariatThe members of the Greenbelt Council come from a variety of backgrounds and among them have experience and knowledge about Greenbelt protection and its broader relationship to growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The members appointed to the Greenbelt Council have varied expertise relating to the Greenbelt and managing growth in the region. Their expertise includes the use of data and monitoring, public awareness and outreach, and experience in different sectors including the municipal, agricultural, environmental and building sectors and the Niagara Escarpment. The combination of their different backgrounds and expertise will enable them to provide advice on issues ranging from the use of performance measures to education and outreach.

The individuals appointed to the Greenbelt Council are well-known and respected experts in their fields with a true dedication to the environment and protecting Ontario’s greenspace.

Learn more about the Greenbelt Council members, how they are appointed and their terms of appointment.

Mandate

The terms of reference between the Minister of Municipal Affairs and council set out the council’s legal authority, mandate, as well as the accountability framework, roles and responsibilities of the ministry and council. The mandate of the Greenbelt Council is to provide advice to the minister on land use planning matters related to the Greenbelt, such as:

  • land-use planning within and next to the area defined as the Greenbelt by the Greenbelt Plan
  • any matters pertaining to the Greenbelt Act, 2005 or the Plan, as set out in the Greenbelt Act, 2005, including education and outreach to promote the goals of the Plan
  • possible regulations to the Greenbelt Act, 2005
  • ongoing policy or legislative issues that impact the implementation of the Plan
  • the implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, including performance measures, the 10-year review, land-use planning and public education and outreach, in order to ensure the objectives of the Greenbelt Plan are met; 
  • any proposed amendments to the Plan and on the 10-year review of the Plan
  • general policy matters arising from the Greenbelt that are not:
    • matters being considered by other bodies (e.g. tribunals, courts, etc.), or
    • site-specific issues pertaining to the Greenbelt Act, 2005, or the Plan policies and mapping
  • any other matters that the minister may specify

The council also provides advice on monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Growth Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan as they relate to the success of the Greenbelt Plan.

The expansion of the Greenbelt Council’s functions and membership in 2018 was in response to a recommendation of the Advisory Panel on the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review to create an advisory body with representatives from a broad range of sectors to oversee the monitoring of and reporting on the four provincial land use plans.

How they work with the Greenbelt community

The council recognizes that there is a need to co-ordinate the activities of other organizations involved in the Greenbelt (e.g. Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation) and may help with the co-ordination of these activities. This could include meeting with these bodies on a regular basis so that groups are aware of the work being done by others. 

The council will continue to liaise with the Niagara Escarpment Commission on the implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and allows cross-membership.

Contact information

For more information, please contact:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs
777 Bay Street, 13th Floor
Toronto, ON   M5G 2E5
(416) 585-6014