Action Alert: Hands off the Greenbelt, premier!

If brought into law, Bill 23 and accompanying amendments to the Greenbelt Plan will remove environmental standards and weaken tenant protections. They also break our premier’s promise to protect the Greenbelt from development.

Join us! Call on the premier to keep his hands off the Greenbelt.

RNAO has long fought for the right to safe and affordable housing, for environmental standards and for protection of our Greenbelt as fundamental to health. We now demand that the Ontario government withdraw Bill 23 and the Greenbelt Plan amendments. If allowed to stand, this legislation will:

  • remove 7,400 acres of Greenbelt land, even though 88,000 acres of land are available for housing construction in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)
  • limit the funding and scope of Conservation Authorities and make it difficult for municipalities to use green building standards
  • bar resident appeals of decisions by the Ontario Land Tribunal on development applications, and ban regional planning in the GTHA
  • leave unprotected tenants displaced by redevelopment and reduce requirements for affordable housing in new developments

Due to strong public opposition, the government has already made changes to the bill to remove the ban on resident appeals of land tribunal decisions and to allow municipalities to set their own green development and performance standards. While these steps do address two areas of concern, they leave the assault on the environment, local control and tenants otherwise unchanged.

Join us to protect our health and the environment! Call on Premier Ford to keep his hands off the Greenbelt.

Copy will be sent to the following:

Hon. Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
Hon. Steve Clark
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MPP
Hon. David Piccini
Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MPP
Hon. Lisa M. Thompson
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MPP
Peter Tabuns
NDP interim leader of the official opposition, MPP
Jessica Bell
NDP Critic, Housing , MPP
Sandy Shaw
NDP Critic, Environment, Conservation and Parks, MPP
John Vanthof
NDP Critic, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, MPP
Jeff Burch
Municipal Affairs Critic, MPP
Joel Harden
NDP Critic, Transit and Active Transportation, MPP
Bhutila Karpoche
NDP Critic, GTA Issues, MPP
John Fraser
interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, MPP
Mike Schreiner
leader of the Green Party of Ontario
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