Humber River Recognized with New Permanent Sign in Vaughan-Woodbridge

Published on July 13, 2021

Vaughan-Woodbridge —Today, Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge joined Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Jennifer Innis, Chair of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Norm Sterling, Chair of the Greenbelt Council to unveil a new sign recognizing the Humber River as a protected urban river valley within the Greenbelt.

The Humber River is one of 21 urban river valleys that connect the Greenbelt to the Great Lakes, inland lakes and areas beyond. These are the valleys of rivers that pass through cities or towns and act as urban gateways to the Greenbelt.

“We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment that provides numerous opportunities for us to explore nature and engage with our important ecosystems,” said MPP Michael Tibollo. “Today’s unveiling is an occasion for us to celebrate the Greenbelt and look forward to ways in which we can further conserve these types of natural spaces.”

The government of Ontario is in the process of undertaking what could be the largest expansion of the Greenbelt since its creation in 2005. The Greenbelt protects environmental, groundwater, and agricultural resources.

“The Ford government understand that there needs to be a balanced approach to managing growth while protecting the natural environment for future generations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “That is why we are adding urban river valleys to the Greenbelt and also enhancing and protecting two acres of land for every single acre where a Minister’s Zoning Order has or will be issued.”

The consultation process, which received over 5,500 submissions, saw overwhelming support for adding urban river valleys and the Paris Galt Moraine to the Greenbelt.