PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY/QUINTE WEST – Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner met virtually with local conservationist groups from the Bay of Quinte region yesterday to highlight his party’s plans to address the region’s growing housing crisis while protecting farmland and nature at the same time.
The roundtable included representatives from Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, Friends of the Bell Creek Watershed and Quinte Conservation.
“There is consensus that the housing crisis is getting out of control here,” Schreiner said.
“And there is a huge need to build more homes to address the housing affordability crisis. But we can do it in a way that protects nature — the nature that protects us from flooding and cleans our drinking water — and the farmland that feeds us.
“Environmental protections are not red tape. It’s how we build a more livable and affordable Ontario where people are healthier and have a better quality of life.”
Ontario Greens will address the housing crisis while protecting nature in Prince Edward County and Quinte West by:
- Freezing urban boundaries and permanently protecting prime farmland
- Reversing the Ford government’s changes to the Growth Plan that encourage sprawl and destroy the province’s natural environment
- Significantly increasing housing supply through infill development by expanding zoning options to give people more housing choices
- Permanently protecting 25% of Ontario nature by 2025 and 30% by 2030