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Ontario is Yours To Protect

Ontario is blessed with abundant freshwater, some of Canada’s best farmland, diverse wildlife and natural spaces we can all enjoy. But these features are under threat from the Ontario government. The province is removing important environmental protections to make it easier for sprawl to pave over prime farmland and for industry to pollute our water and land, and to threaten wildlife.

Yours to Protect is a coalition of concerned individuals and organizations both big and small who have come together to say that we live here, we love this province and we are not going to let it be dug up, paved over, and polluted.

If you or your organization want to join the network or highlight an environmental issue in your area, please contact us.Watch the webinar Enough is Enough: A Key Year Ahead in Protecting Ontario’s Environment, featuring David Crombie and Loreena McKennitt

Changes to Ontario’s planning laws and to the Growth Plan, make it easier for sprawl developers to pave over farmland, forests and wetlands.                                                                                                                       

What we do on the land impacts water. More sprawl and highways and weaker planning rules mean more runoff, pollution and flooding.

At a time when we should be working to help and restore endangered species and protect wild nature, the Ontario government has gutted the law that protects endangered species.                                                                                                                                 

Climate change is an urgent crisis. But instead of doing more to fight climate change, Ontario cancelled most of the programs that helped industry and individuals reduce carbon pollution.                                                                                                                                             

The Ontario government repealed the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and reversed progress on air pollution. This is a serious threat to our health, and a daily reality for many communities living at the fenceline of industrial areas, such as Sarnia                                

Groups throughout Ontario are taking action to protect our water, forests and natural areas. Visit the hotspots map to see what communities are impacted.                                                                                                                              

Minister’s Zoning Orders

Once a tool to address emergencies, the current government is using Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) to reward developers by overriding local planning and cutting out public input. Many of the over 50 MZOs issued by the Ontario government push through developments on farmland, natural areas and provincially significant wetlands, such as the Lower Duffins Creek Wetland in Pickering.

Click here to see a map of the 50+ MZO issued by the current government.

Find out what’s at Risk

Your home could be exposed to increased flood risk or your favourite vacation spot could be paved over.  See what areas are most vulnerable to decreased environmental protections and learn about the local groups fighting to protect them.

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Cancel Highway 413

Highway 413 (also known as the GTA West Highway) will pave over farms, forests and a section of the Greenbelt while doing nearly nothing to improve commutes. Ontatio must cancel Highway 413.

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