Yesterday (December 1, 2022), OSPE filed a submission in stating that the Ontario engineering community strongly opposes the proposed building on protected Greenbelt lands. Converting Greenbelt lands to residential development will hinder Ontario’s carbon targets without providing enough economic return, nor reducing the cost of buying a new home.
The Greenbelt is an asset to Ontario’s economy providing local agriculture, flood protection, ecosystem service, and tourism. While mitigating rising housing costs is an important goal, the actions of the government must be supported through scientific data to provide financial benefits while protecting Ontario’s green lands.
Instead, this proposed legislation will hinder Ontario’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets and will be environmentally and economically harmful.
OSPE’s members and leaders are concerned about this course of action.