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Youth Art Contest Kicks Off Greenbelt Anniversary

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Youth Art Contest Kicks Off Greenbelt Anniversary

McGuinty Government Launches New I ♥ Greenbelt Awards

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

A student art contest will help launch Ontario's new I ♥ Greenbelt Awards, celebrating the four-year anniversary of the world renowned Greenbelt.

As a first step, Ontario students are asked to help design the new awards and submit original artwork until March 30, 2009. The winning design will be announced in June 2009.

The awards will recognize Ontarians who have contributed significantly to supporting a strong and viable Greenbelt. The criteria and nomination process for the awards will be finalized later this spring.

Protecting the environment makes good economic sense. Research shows that the Greenbelt contributes $2.6 billion annually to local economies.

Quick Facts

  • The Greenbelt permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural and environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
  • Research shows that the Greenbelt provides essential ecosystem services or benefits for eight million residents across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and values these services at least $2.6 billion each year.

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“By helping design these awards, our students can show how important the Greenbelt is and help recognize those Ontarians who have contributed to its success.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“The Greenbelt is a legacy for our young people and future generations. These awards will recognize those who have supported these precious lands and helped protect our environment.”

Joe Dickson

MPP, Ajax-Pickering

“Across the Greenbelt, there are people from all walks of life who have supported the Greenbelt and deserve to be acknowledged for their tremendous efforts.”

Dr. Robert Elgie

Chair of the Greenbelt Council



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