OGA representatives delivered the over 35,000 letters to Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro and met with MPPs from all parties to urge the province to:
- Grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable water supplies and natural areas
- Support a thriving rural economy, including the $11 billion agriculture and food sector that provides 110,000 jobs for Ontario
- Stop sprawling our cities outwards by freezing urban boundaries and instead create liveable, walkable communities with a greater range of housing options in already built-up areas
The Greenbelt remains the most popular environmental initiative in Ontario’s history, with 90 per cent of residents in support of keeping it permanently protected. A new poll by Environics and released by Environmental Defence and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation this week also found that eight in ten Greater Golden Horseshoe residents support the Growth Plan, citing the protection of farmland and natural areas as the most important reason for their support.
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