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Ontario Ensuring Greener Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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Ontario Ensuring Greener Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Expanded Greenbelt Council to be Chaired by David Crombie, Half of Members Women

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario has appointed David Crombie, former Toronto Mayor and federal cabinet minister, to chair a strengthened Greenbelt Council as it takes on new responsibilities with expanded membership. In addition, for the first time, half of the members of the Council will be women.

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest growing regions in North America. The Council will help ensure that growth is sustainable, creating vibrant communities while providing protection to the region's vital natural heritage systems and farmland.

The Council will provide advice to government on:

  • Developing complete, transit oriented communities
  • Environmental protection and growth
  • Ensuring a thriving agricultural sector.

It will do so by advising on the implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and their impact on the success of the Greenbelt. This is an expansion of the Council's functions.

The council will continue to liaise with the Niagara Escarpment Commission on the implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

The changes respond to a recommendation of the Advisory Panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review to create a body to oversee implementation of the updated provincial land use plans.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest growing regions in North America, with a population projected to reach about 13.5 million by 2041.
  • The Greenbelt Council was established in 2005 as a key part of the government’s approach to Greenbelt protection of the roughly 810,000 hectares of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands and watersheds.
  • Last spring, the government released four updated land use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
  • The Ontario government has set a target that, by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency. Half of the newly expanded Greenbelt Council are women.

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“This region will experience a lot of growth in the coming years, so we need to be smarter about the way we grow. With the help of David Crombie and the expert advisory panel, our government updated the region’s main land use plans to provide a smarter approach to growth – by making more efficient use of land, resources and infrastructure so we can protect our environment, preserve precious farmland, boost our economy, address climate change and further smart, sustainable, transit-supportive communities. The work of the Council will help make sure these policies work – and government stays on course. The result will be better communities and greener growth.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Municipal Affairs

“I am pleased to be part of a talented and diverse group of council members who have committed to contributing their expertise to help ensure accountability and awareness of how we are growing and prospering in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”

David Crombie

Chair of Greenbelt Council

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