June 6, 2005

Urban Institute honours Ontario's Greenbelt Task Force

TORONTO, ONT-The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) presented its City Initiatives Award to Ontario's Greenbelt Task Force late last month, in recognition of the group's contribution to helping preserve Ontario greenspace and build stronger communities. The Task Force, whose members represented expert and community members dedicated to the environment and greenspace protection around southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe, was established in February 2004 to lead consultations on the scope and implementation of the Greenbelt. Its final recommendations served as a framework for the provincial government's Greenbelt Act, 2005 and Greenbelt Plan. The legislation and plan together provide permanent protection for 1.8 million acres of prime agricultural and fruit-growing land, greenspace, environmental areas and recreation and resource lands in the region. This includes setting strict limits on where urban boundaries can and cannot expand. Every year through its Leadership Awards, the Canadian Urban Institute recognizes individuals and organizations whose leadership and vision have made a significant impact on the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and around the world.

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