An initiative of organizations supporting clean water, farmland, biodiversity, and healthy communities.

Tell Premier Ford: Hands Off The Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is Under Threat!

Premier Ford promised repeatedly to never touch the Greenbelt. He lied!

The province recently released a plan to turn 7,400 acres of Greenbelt land into environmentally destructive sprawl. Taking any land out of the Greenbelt will undermine its effectiveness by creating an open season on farmland for land speculators and sprawl developers.

In addition to attacks on the Greenbelt, the Ontario government recently passed Bill 23 – which strips environmental protections for wetlands and conservation lands, to make it easier to build costly car-dependent sprawl.

Let’s stand togther and keep the Greenbelt protected!

Take Action: Tell Premier Ford to Keep His Hands Off The GreenbeltClick here for sharable graphics and other resources to tell the Ontario government to keep its hands off the GreenbeltWatch the Webinar: Bait and Switch: Understanding Bill 23, The ‘More Sprawl, Fewer Wetlands’ Act

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The Ontario government repealed the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and reversed progress on air pollution.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.

Visit Hotspot Map >

About Yours To Protect

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 your group wants to join the Yours To Protect movement, email us at info[at]yourstoprotect[dot]ca

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