On March 27, 2019, Halton Regional Council unanimously passed a motion to support and endorse Bill 71, the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019. The Paris Galt Moraine provides a drinking water source to several municipalities including Halton Region. The Bill would enhance policies and measures to protect the moraine, including groundwater sources, that some Halton residents are dependent on.
“On behalf of Halton Regional Council, I am pleased to support this Bill that aims to safeguard source water for many of our residents in Halton and surrounding municipalities,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “With Halton’s local municipalities designated as urban growth centres in the Province’s Growth Plan, it is crucial that we support measures to protect the natural environment so that we can continue to provide essential services such as clean, safe drinking water today and for future generations.”
“I am very pleased that my colleagues at Halton Region unanimously supported my motion to support Bill 71, the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act,” said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “Thanks to this cooperation among many partners, this Bill can go a long way to protect our water quality and natural systems.”
Bill 71 would amend the province’s Planning Act and Development Charges Act to create stricter regulations on development in areas that could potentially threaten the Moraine’s integrity. The Bill would also allow for a conservation plan to provide a policy framework to protect the critical ecological and hydrological features of the area. The Bill was introduced by Mike Schreiner, MPP Guelph, on February 20, 2019, as a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
To view a copy of the Notice of Motion on the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019, visit halton.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves 570,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.