Credit River Recognized with New Permanent Sign in MississaugaPublished on July 12, 2021
Province celebrates the importance of existing urban river valleys in the Greenbelt
MISSISSAUGA — Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, joined Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Tom Adams, Vice-Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Norm Sterling, Chair of the Greenbelt Council, and Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation, to unveil a new sign recognizing the Credit River as a protected urban river valley within the Greenbelt.
The Credit 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're incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment that provides so many opportunities for us to explore nature, and engage with our important ecosystems,” said Cuzzetto. “Today’s unveiling is another occasion for us to celebrate the Greenbelt, and to 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 understands 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.
MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark
MPP Cuzzetto with Chair of the Greenbelt Council Norm Sterling
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP