Ontario Launches Consultations on Greenbelt Expansion to Protect Water

By Katherine Balpataky 10:18AM December 07, 2017



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Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro posted a statement today inviting feedback on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion to protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  The study area is based on the locations with high concentrations of water resources that are under pressure from urban development.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek input on:
  • The province’s approach to identifying moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands as important features for protecting water in the outer ring
  • The process followed for mapping a study area based on the locations of these features
  • Other factors to be considered when mapping a proposed Greenbelt boundary.
As part of the consultation, the province will be holding the public open houses in several locations across the study area to get input from the public, municipalities, conservation authorities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and stakeholders.

The ministry is accepting feedback on the study area and the parameters for potential Greenbelt expansion until March 7, 2018.  Input received through this consultation will help inform decisions on how to move from a study area to a proposed Greenbelt boundary.

For information about the consultation, visit

If you have any questions about the consultation or the upcoming public open houses, please contact us by sending an email to or calling 1-877-711-8208.

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