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The Oak Ridges Moraine - Background

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The Greenbelt Plan (2017) includes lands within, and builds upon the ecological protections provided by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017), as well as the Niagara Escarpment Plan (2017).
 

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, established in 2001, is an ecologically based plan that provides land use and resource management direction for the land and water located within the Moraine. The Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally sensitive, geological landform in south central Ontario, covering approximately 470,000 acres.

Photo of a Marsh in the Oak Ridges Moraine

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 provides the authority for the creation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan for the Oak Ridges Moraine Area.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Act Conservation Act, 2001 requires that decisions made under the Planning Act and the Condominium Act, 1998 conform with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

The policies of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan continue to apply to their respective areas.

More facts about the Oak Ridges Moraine can be found on this page.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Technical Paper Series

A series of technical papers to assist in the implementation of the policies of the Plan.

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Maps (2002)

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Maps (2002) remain in effect until July 1, 2017 when the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Maps (2017) come into effect.