In 2018, the NFU-O was awarded a grant through the Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund to help us promote engagement with the Government of Ontario’s current public consultations on the Greenbelt.
These consultations were about the potential expansion of Ontario’s Greenbelt to protect more farmland and natural features and especially to protect critical water sources from development and climate change.
Is there an official NFU-O position on the Greenbelt?
The NFU-O, regionally and at the Local level, has made a number of statements supporting the Greenbelt and appropriate farmland protection in the past.
Our specific approach to policy on this issue will—as always—be based on input from our Locals and our grassroots membership.
The NFU-O collected input from our membership via Local meetings, direct conversations, surveys, and discussions at Regional Convention, and we prepared a province-level submission to the government, advocating for specific outcomes based on your input. We also continue to advocate for sustainable farmer-friendly policy on the Greenbelt (and in general!).
Our previous discussions have identified some general positions to guide our approach to this consultation process, including:
- Expansion of the Greenbelt is a critical step to ensure food security, farmland protection, and safe and adequate water supplies.
- Greenbelt expansion is needed both to mitigate climate change and to cope with future disruptions to food and water.
- Protection of the land and water is a responsibility of all people in Ontario, farmers and eaters, rural people and urban people.
- Indigenous people must be consulted about new developments on their traditional lands, and public policy must take into account their historic role as protectors and stewards of the land.
Greenbelt protections can also help to address other issues like skyrocketing farmland prices.