Province To Invest $12 Million Over Next Three Years To Support Greenbelt Foundation

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Minister Jeff Yurek. Pic:Jeff Yurek/Twitter

TORONTO: The Ontario government is investing $12 million over the next three years to support the Greenbelt Foundation’s ongoing work to protect, promote and improve the Greenbelt in the Golden Horseshoe region.

The projects delivered through this funding will focus on planting trees to increase natural cover, enhancing recreational opportunities for people to experience nature, and maintaining and enhancing green infrastructure and climate resilience.

“The Greenbelt is an important part of our province consisting of farmland, forests, wetlands and watersheds, it is a natural treasure,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“It’s important to support the ongoing work of the Greenbelt Foundation so it can protect and enhance this vital area – for the benefit of Ontarians today and for future generations.”

The investment will enable the Greenbelt Foundation to continue its work by offering grants, supporting research, and providing information, knowledge and awareness about the Greenbelt.

The funding will support the delivery of four key programs:
• Funding for projects and activities such as a native trees, shrubs and other vegetation plantings to increase natural cover, along with projects that create opportunities to experience the Greenbelt.

• Research to improve knowledge and understanding of the Greenbelt and its benefits.

• Developing partnerships with community groups and organizations to help support projects that protect and restore the Greenbelt.

• Public outreach to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding of the Greenbelt, and its social, rural economic and recreational opportunities.

“The Greenbelt Foundation welcomes funding from the Government of Ontario and will invest in projects, programs, and outreach initiatives that encourage people to engage with, experience, and enjoy everything the Greenbelt region has to offer,” said Edward McDonnell, CEO, Greenbelt Foundation.

“We look forward to working with the Province and our partners to build on previous work and successes and ensure the Greenbelt’s natural and agricultural landscapes remain protected and continue to support thriving communities and rural economies.”

Protecting the Greenbelt for future generations, protecting and recovering natural spaces and species, and supporting efforts to preserve Ontario’s rich biodiversity are key commitments in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

• The Greenbelt includes the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, protected countryside and urban river valleys. The Greenbelt Foundation was established in 2005.