Report making the case to Ontario’s provincial government to more fully employ green infrastructure for a healthy, prosperous and sustainable Ontario.
(2012) Co-authored by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and Ecojustice. This report makes a strong case for green infrastructure in the context of Ontario’s changing economic and social dynamics. The province faces specific challenges that will occupy policy makers, businesses, and citizens for the next decade or more. These challenges include a struggling global economy and a post-industrial provincial economy, an aging population and obesity epidemic and their associated health care costs, greater urbanization and population densities alongside aging and inefficient water and energy infrastructure, and of course, climate change. Green infrastructure makes a positive contribution to the management of these challenges. Multiple case studies from across North America demonstrate the potential for improved quality of life and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings and benefits. The report draws on input from diverse stakeholders and existing research to present a strong case for improved policies and investments to support green infrastructure in the province.