Proposed Greenbelt Expansion

Listed on Ontario’s Environmental Registry (EBR #013-1661)

Public comment period until March 7, 2018.

Protecting Water Resources by Growing the Greenbelt

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of North America’s most dynamic and fast- growing regions. It is home to a vibrant economy and contains world-renowned natural features and some of Canada’s most productive farmland. Currently home to more than nine million people, the population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe is forecast to grow to about 13.5 million by 2041.

The region’s growth and urban development is a potential threat to some water resources. Urbanization and human activities are impacting the region’s rivers, wetlands and underground reservoirs (called aquifers), and can impact both the
quality and quantity of water available to local communities, industry, and plants and animals.

Water Resource Areas

Ontario is taking steps to protect and preserve critical water resources by launching a public consultation on moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands under pressure from urban development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, but outside of the current Greenbelt.

The consultation seeks feedback on the following seven (7) study areas (boundaries are as yet undefined):

1. Waterloo and Paris/Galt Moraine complex (Waterloo Region, Brant County, Wellington County)
2. Orangeville Moraine (Wellington County, Dufferin County)
3. Escarpment Area Moraines (Dufferin County, Simcoe County)
4. Oro Moraine (Simcoe County)
5. Nottawasaga River Corridor (Dufferin County, Simcoe County)
6. Important surface water and recharge features in southeast Simcoe County
7. Catchment Areas and Wetlands West of Minesing (Dufferin County, Simcoe County)

Link to detail map: Study Area for Potential Greenbelt Expansion

Link to: MMAH Protecting water for future generations: Public consultation document

See also:

AO Info – Greenbelt