Reducing Greenbelt area not an option as Ontario tackles housing shortage: Wynne

By Allison Jones, Ottawa Citizen, March 29, 2017

TORONTO - Reducing the Greenbelt lands is not one of the options Ontario's Liberal government is considering as it tackles housing shortage in the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.

The government, she said, is actually committed to expanding the Greenbelt, which is about 800,000 hectares of protected land that borders the Greater Golden Horseshoe area surrounding Lake Ontario.

"The Greenbelt is a hugely important swath of land that is like the lungs of this highly populated part of the province, so that's not something that we're looking at," said Wynne. "But we recognize that housing affordability is a huge, huge issue."

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