The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is undertaking a consultation on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion to protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The study area is based on the locations with high concentrations of water resources that are under pressure from urban development.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek input on:

  • The province’s approach to identifying moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands as important features for protecting water in the outer ring
  • The process followed for mapping a study area based on the locations of these features
  • Other factors to be considered when mapping a proposed Greenbelt boundary.

As part of the consultation, the province would also like to invite you to attend a public open house. The province will be holding the public open houses in several locations across the study area to get input from the public, municipalities, conservation authorities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and stakeholders.

For more information about the consultation, please visit where you will find:

  • A consultation document which describes this proposal in more detail and includes discussion questions related to each of these topics
  • Maps of the study area
  • Information about the upcoming public open houses.

We will accept input and feedback about the study area and the parameters for potential Greenbelt expansion until March 7, 2018. Input received through this consultation will help inform decisions on how to move from a study area to a proposed Greenbelt boundary.

If you have any questions about the consultation or the upcoming public open houses, please contact us by sending an email to or calling 1-877-711-8208.

We hope you will take the time to review the consultation document and share your opinions and insights with us.


Bill Mauro

Stay tuned for our analysis of this proposed study area and for further information about how we can ensure source water protection areas within Wellington County are included in the expanded Greenbelt. Click here to read our Press Release in response to today’s announcement.

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