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 Greater Golden Horseshoe has a population forecasted 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.
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 a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The study area includes the following seven areas:
Read the consultation document to learn more about the seven water resource areas proposed for protection.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Provincial Planning Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 13th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5
The feedback deadline is March 7, 2018.
Input received through the consultation will help inform decisions on how to move from a study area to a proposed Greenbelt boundary. The province will hold additional consultations before making any boundary decisions, and is not seeking input on a proposed Greenbelt boundary at this time.
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