On February 28, 2005, the Ontario Government established a provincial greenbelt, adding one million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive areas to the already protected Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine. Now a world-class model for preservation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest of its kind, spanning almost 2 million acres of protected forest, farmlands, and wetlands, and continues to grow.
Shortly after the Greenbelt’s creation, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was established. A non-profit organization, the Foundation operates independently from the government to coordinate and fund activities that bolster the richness of life in the Greenbelt. From supporting Niagara’s world-renowned viticulture, to promoting stewardship in agriculture, and restoring 4,700 acres of the most biologically rich wetlands in the country, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has funded and leveraged more than $43 million in innovative projects since 2006. Together with our grantees, we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Ontarians for today and tomorrow.