Greenbelt Task Force

Protection of Key Lands in the Golden Horseshoe Now Law

QUEEN'S PARK - The Greenbelt Act is one of the key elements of the McGuinty
government's agenda to protect greenspace and contain urban sprawl in the
Golden Horseshoe. The act was passed by the legislature today and is now
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Mid Peninsula Highway renamed the Niagara - GTA Corridor.
The Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment released by the Ministry of Transportation. [More information to come!!! ]

In February 2004, the Hon. John Gerretsen, Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, established a thirteen member Greenbelt Task Force for the Golden Horseshoe of southern Ontario. The Task Force, which was chaired by Burlington Mayor Robert MacIsaac, included a wide range of stakeholder experts from academia, government, industry, and non-government organizations. Recommendations were developed to preserve a permanent Greenbelt for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and are summarized in the final report dated October 2004.


The Mid Peninsula Highway issue is connected to the Provincial Government’s Greenbelt Initiative as well as the Places to Grow Growth Plan.

The task force has issued their final report on the Greenbelt. Minister Gerretsen, Municipal Affairs and Housing, introduced the Greenbelt Protection Act, 2004 as the governments first step in establishing the greenbelt of southern Ontario. The government has held public meetings to obtain feedback before passing the legislation into law. The government intends to have the final plan ready for December 16, 2004.

A map of the Greenbelt Study Area and the Niagara Escarpment is presented below. This map and the full Discussion Paper can be found at the web site links below.

Of concern to COPE is the allowance of transportation corridors in the Greenbelt as specified in section 4.2.1 of the report on infrastructure. It states the proposed Niagara to GTA … Corridor is identified as an area of transportation deficiency, where new transportation improvement is being contemplated to support the Growth Plan. The Niagara to GTA corridor is the Mid Peninsula Highway renamed. It is important that we as COPE members show our continued dedication to stopping this ill-conceived highway on the Niagara Escarpment.

Representatives from COPE attended Stakeholder Workshops, including the June 16, 2004 meeting at the Burlington Convention Centre. This involvement plus our review of the Discussion Paper and Report were used to formulate COPE's position on the Greenbelt. Read COPE's official response on the Discussion Paper.

(hotlink to PDF or JPG of COPE letter)

Please take the time to make your voice heard and submit your comments to the Ministry, the Premier and Ministers.

The deadline for submissions is December 12, 2004.

To assist you we’ve provided the following:

Link to form letters you may use to voice your opinion.

Link to learn more about the Greenbelt Protection and the Task Force.

Information is also available at

Link to complete the on line survey of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

A map of the Greenbelt Study Area and the Niagara Escarpment is presented below. This map and the full Discussion Paper can be found at the web site links below.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, please take the time to write to the Ministry or complete their on line survey and make your opinion know.  The deadline for submissions is December 12, 2004.  [ contact information for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.]




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