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  • January 10, 2013

Ontario Growing the Greenbelt

Glenorchy lands in Oakville added to the Greenbelt

Ontario Growing the Greenbelt

Glenorchy lands in Oakville added to the Greenbelt


January 10, 2013


Ontario’s Greenbelt is growing for the first time since it was created in 2005 by adding the provincially owned Glenorchy lands in Oakville.


The Glenorchy Lands will be added to the Greenbelt as part of the new Urban River Valley designation that protects publicly owned lands near urban waterways that are connected to the Greenbelt.


This expansion increases the size of the Greenbelt to nearly two million acres of protected agricultural and environmentally sensitive land across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.


The Greenbelt is part of the McGuinty government's plan to permanently protect environmentally-sensitive land and farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for future generations.



“I am pleased that the first expansion of the Greenbelt is happening in Oakville with the addition of the Glenorchy lands. I know that the residents of Oakville will benefit from the preservation of these lands, and breathe cleaner air with the addition of the many trees that will be planted in Glenorchy.”

-          Kevin Flynn, Oakville MPP


“In Oakville we are creating a cleaner, greener town,” Mayor Burton said. “The protection of the Glenorchy lands is a key part of our commitment to preserving our natural environment and protecting Oakville’s green space to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

-          Rob Burton, Oakville Mayor


"Halton Region is committed to protecting Halton's rural and agricultural lands. By working with other levels of government to grow the Greenbelt, we are ensuring that Halton’s residents have even more green space to enjoy in this great region."

-          Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair




  • The new Urban River Valley designation provides flexibility for municipalities to protect land in an urban environment.  
  • Ontario has committed to planting twice the number of trees in Glenorchy than originally planned for 2013 under the 50 Million Tree Program.
  • Research shows that the Greenbelt cleans the province’s air, regulates its water systems, and provides tourism opportunities — all worth $2.6 billion each year.




Read about Ontario’s Greenbelt



Steven Ball, Office of Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville

(416) 627-9473



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