Protecting the Natural Environment

Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018: Shaping Halton’s Future

Fifty per cent of Halton Region is protected in the Regional Official Plan as part of the Natural Heritage System. The commitment to protecting and enhancing Halton’s natural environment is a high priority for the future. The Region is committed to minimizing the impact of its policies and services on the environment.

Priorities Measures & Outcomes
Protect and enhance the Region’s natural environment
  • 50% of Region maintained in Natural Heritage System
  • 99.5% of wastewater received full treatment prior to discharge
  • Updated Aquifer Management Plans
Promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional Services
  • 62% waste diversion rate
  • 5% reduction in greenhouse gases related to Regional services


Protect and enhance the Region’s natural environment

  • Assess the health of the natural heritage system and perform restoration and remediation as required
  • Develop new programs, and strengthen existing programs, to support property owners’ commitment to preservation and stewardship of the natural heritage system
  • Advocate to the Province for a policy framework that attains the long-term preservation of the Region’s natural environment and agricultural areas by growing the Greenbelt in Halton particularly in the urban context
  • Finalize and implement the Master Plan for the Burlington Waterfront Park
  • Implement the Waterfront Master Plans for Bronte and Burloak
  • Implement the Regional Biodiversity Strategy for Regional Forests
  • Undertake comprehensive modeling of Halton surface and ground water resources to support long-term protection
  • Revise the Greenland Securement program to better protect and enhance the natural heritage system
  • Increase the Region’s waste diversion rate in order to extend the life of the Waste Management Site and generate long-term savings
  • Implement Source Water Protection Plans and update the Aquifer Management Plan 

Promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional Services

  • Invest in green initiatives to reduce the Region’s carbon footprint
  • Investigate alternate energy technologies to reduce Regional Energy costs and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions