Stop Sprawl and Help the Greenbelt

Map of the Threats to the Greenbelt

New Resources to Help Stop Sprawl and Help the Greenbelt

Right now, many municipalities are discussing where they will build homes for future residents. Many developers want sprawl. But, more and more local community members are pushing back against sprawl and demanding more Greenbelt-friendly sustainable communities. 

The OGA now has 4 new factsheets to help you spread the word to your friends, neighbours and local Councils so that they know about the dangers of sprawl and the many benefits of sustainable communities, especially for the Greenbelt.

Our factsheets tell the story of why sprawl is bad and how sustainable communities are the answer to protecting the Greenbelt (while saving us money, creating affordable housing and ensuring a climate-friendly future). 

The Expert's Guide to Building Sustainable Communities Webinar Series

We’ve created this series for municipal leaders, municipal staff and community leaders who want practical tools and advice they can use to build affordable, sustainable and healthy neigbhourhoods -today..
5/11/2022
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Media Statement in response to proposed Provincial Greenbelt Expansion Announcement

Read the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance Steering Committee response to the March 24, 2022 provincial announcement for a new consultation process to grow the Greenbelt.
3/24/2022
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Planning Presentation by Kevin Eby and Susan Lloyd Swail

This 40 minute video is a master class for municipal leaders, planners and community members who want to build affordable, sustainable and Greenbelt-friendly communities. You'll learn about the MCR process, the Growth Plan and get insights from two expert planners. It's a must-see for anyone serious about tackling the housing affordability crisis and building sustainable communities.
3/16/2022
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Planning Resources for Building Affordable, Sustainable, Greenbelt Friendly Communities

If you are a local elected official, municipal staff or community member who wants to create more livable, affordable and Greenbelt-friendly communities, this resource is for you. It's full of presentations, articles and online resources dealing with housing, population growth projections, sustainable communities and community engagement tools.
3/16/2022
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Greenbelt Success Stories: Launching the Greenbelt West Coalition

In December 2021, a committed group of activists in the western part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe launched a new coalition with a goal to expand the Greenbelt. Written by Coalition member Timothy Tam, this blog post tells their story and how they are working to make a bigger and better Greenbelt.
2/11/2022
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About Us

The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a watchdog and defender of Ontario’s innovative Greenbelt. Our vision is to make the Greenbelt a valuable and permanent part of Ontario’s landscape.

What We Do

Our member-based alliance works to grow the Greenbelt and safeguard it from:

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Our Story

The Greenbelt Alliance was instrumental in establishing the Greenbelt in the lead up to 2005, growing it in the intervening years and making it the largest permanently protected Greenbelt in the world. Its members draw attention to the issues that are affecting the Greenbelt,  support communities and governments in their efforts to protect the Greenbelt for its natural and agricultural values, work together and share information on key regional issues.
We work to ensure that the integrity of Ontario's Greenbelt is not undermined by inappropriate development, poorly planned infrastructure, quarries, or other uses, while also advocating for increased protection of natural areas within the Greenbelt.
We work to grow support for an expanded Greenbelt so that the benefits of its smart planning framework can be extended to adjacent areas that are under serious and unsustainable development pressure.
The Greenbelt is a living, growing system for sustaining a healthy environment and vibrant communities.