Bill 66 threatens Ontario’s Greenbelt, clean drinking water and precious farmland. Tell your MPP to vote against this destructive bill.
Send a letter to your MPP right now.
Save the Greenbelt & Protect Our Drinking Water
Ontario’s Greenbelt is a permanently protected area of forests, farmland, wetlands, and watersheds, created by the Government of Ontario in 2005. At nearly two million acres, it is one of the largest greenbelts in the world. It provides us with clean water, fresh air, and local food, as well as recreation. The Greenbelt was established to protect agricultural land and prevent urban sprawl. It is a crucial part of Ontario’s economy and heritage.
For the… Developers?
Premier Doug Ford is prioritizing developers over the people of Ontario. His proposed “Open for Business” Act (Bill 66) will open heritage sites and important ecological areas like the Oak Ridges Moraine to development. Premier Doug Ford is prioritizing developers over the people of Ontario. His proposed “Open for Business” Act (Bill 66) will open heritage sites and important ecological areas like the Oak Ridges Moraine to development. Under the bill, developers can ignore legislation like the Clean Water Act, which was passed after contaminated drinking water claimed the lives of six people in Walkerton and made more than two thousand others sick.
Premier Doug Ford promised to protect the Greenbelt but his proposed “Open for Business” Act (Bill 66) will put new factories and sprawl within the Greenbelt and other sensitive farmland, forests and watersheds.
Once gone, farmland and natural areas are gone forever.
Bill 66 also allows new development to bypass the Clean Water Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act and the Lake Simcoe Act, putting our clean drinking water at risk.
Why is Bill 66 a threat to the Greenbelt and clean drinking water?
● Bill 66 gives municipal governments the power to pass an “Open for Business” bylaw that encourages sprawl and allows development in the Greenbelt – despite election promises not to touch the Greenbelt.
● Bill 66 puts the health of drinking water at risk by allowing municipalities to approve development that ignores the Clean Water Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and the Great Lakes Protection Act.
● Bill 66 silences mandatory community participation by allowing municipalities to pass an “Open for Business” bylaw, and approve any development under the bylaw without any public consultation.
● Bill 66 means that major economic development projects - including major employment uses and secondary uses such as commercial and residential development - will be exempt from conforming to select planning, environmental and clean water laws. Once these developments are approved by the provincial government they cannot be appealed.
Please send your urgent letter to your MPP today and let’s stop Doug Ford’s disastrous bill.
Thank you from the Sierra Club Ontario team!