Provincial Policy Progress
Over the last seven years, the GIO coalition and its members have been successfully promoting green infrastructure across Ontario. A great deal of policy progress has been made in that time period — but there is still much to do!
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE – LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE: MOECC is in the process of updating its stormwater guidelines to include low-impact development. An interpretation bulletin from February 2015 clarifies that the ministry’s existing policies and guidance emphasize an approach to stormwater management that mimics a site’s natural hydrology as the landscape is developed. The general approach: “Control precipitation as close as possible to where it falls.”
COORDINATED LAND USE PLANS REVIEW – ADVISORY PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS: The Provincial review of the Growth Plan and associated land use plans (such as the Greenbelt Plan) engaged an advisory panel that made key recommendations, many of which included green infrastructure.
GREAT LAKES PROTECTION ACT: The Act means that Ontario will have to report regularly on its efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
ONTARIO’S CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY INCLUDES “BUILD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE” ACTION: One of four action items under the mitigation goal of “A Prosperous Low-carbon Economy with World-Leading Innovation, Science and Technology.”
UPDATED PROVINCIAL POLICY STATEMENT INCLUDES GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: 18 of 103 Official Plans in Ontario include green infrastructure, all updated since 2014.
GREAT LAKES STRATEGY: Includes numerous references to the need for green infrastructure/low impact development in order to protect great lakes water quality.