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Advocate for Nature

Take action for the wild species and spaces that we all love.

Fox pups © Carolina K Smith

Grow the Greenbelt

Good news – After years of Ontario Nature and our partners calling for Greenbelt expansion, it looks like it may finally happen. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has pledged to grow the Greenbelt. So far, the Ministry is considering adding the Paris Galt Moraine and public lands within urban river valleys.

While these suggestions are welcome, a much more ambitious approach is needed to protect precious farmland, groundwater and natural areas across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) and build the region’s resilience to climate change.

Please urge the government to take a more ambitious approach to Greenbelt expansion that will protect and enhance the resiliency of ecological, hydrological and local food systems.

© Peter Pomykacz

MZOs to trump protections for nature and farmland

Buried in Bill 257, Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021, is a proposal to allow Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) to override legal and policy protections for farmland and natural heritage features and areas across Ontario. If the changes go forward, lands currently protected under the Provincial Policy Statement would become vulnerable to development at the whim of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, without public consultation or any opportunity for appeal.

Please join Ontario Nature in demanding that Schedule 3 be removed from Bill 257.

© torroloco CC BY 2.0

Minister’s Zoning Orders

While we all grapple with the social and economic impacts of a global pandemic, the Government of Ontario is quietly setting the stage for development projects to proceed without public consultation or the right to appeal. The recent flurry of Minister’s Zoning Orders is fast-tracking development on farmland and greenspace. Expediting this sort of short-sighted development while keeping Ontarians in the dark does not serve the public interest.

Our focus should be on enhancing community resilience to climate change and potential future pandemics. To do so we must enable and support public participation in determining the future of our farmlands, forests, wetlands and other natural areas. Please join us in demanding greater public accountability and enhanced community resilience to climate change.

Markham © Joe Mabel CC BY-SA 2.0

Provincially Significant Wetlands no longer safe from development

The Government of Ontario is showing its true colours with recent moves to ride roughshod over protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands.

Please join Ontario Nature in urging the Government of Ontario to respect and uphold protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands and to stop its misuse of Minister’s Zoning Orders.

North Gwillimbury wetland © Tim Hagen

Protected Places Declaration

Sign the declaration to show you care about protected places and ask the governments of Ontario and Canada to meet the commitment to protect at least 17 percent of lands and inland waters by 2020.

© Pinar Özgen

Protect Boreal Caribou

Please use your voice to support caribou – the grey ghosts of the boreal forest – at: protectcaribou.ca.

Tell the Government of Canada that caribou denial myths must be dispelled, and action must be taken with provinces to plan for caribou recovery and sustainable prosperity. Your voice matters.

Boreal caribou © Mati Kurg

Become an Advocate

Tens of thousands of people are raising their voices as advocates for the protection of Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces – people who are willing to take that extra step by contacting decision-makers. Will you join them?

Bald Eagle © Bill McDonald


You can make an enormous difference and it’s free!

Ontario Nature’s advocates helped with campaigns that led to a conservation plan for the Oak Ridges Moraine, an 80 percent reduction in neonicotinoid pesticides, wetland and woodlot protection, establishment of 2.4 million hectares of new protected areas, and much more.

Oak Ridges Moraine © Jason Kalmbach

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