Southern Ontario is already losing its prime farmland and natural areas at a dangerous rate.

Now, the Ontario government is using the cover of the pandemic to hand sprawl developers a huge swath of the precious green space we have left in one massive giveaway. The province is forcing municipalities to lock in 30 more years of car-dependent sprawl on farmland and natural areas, denying newcomers and future generations access to vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods.

This is undemocratic, anti-environment, and designed to line the pockets of the worst kind of sprawl developer and land speculator. And it paves the way to start opening up the Greenbelt to developers too.

The Big Sprawl wouldn’t just damage green space. It would raise flood risks in urban areas, cost municipalities millions of dollars in extra infrastructure costs, and make it ever more difficult to reduce our carbon emissions and fight climate change.

Take action today to tell your MPP, and the leader of every provincial party, to STOP THE BIG SPRAWL and PROTECT Ontario's forests, farmland and wetlands.


Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.


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