Today, Mayor John Tory along with Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) and Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, marked Earth Day by highlighting the City’s $82.5 million investment this year in the Toronto’s Ravine Strategy.
The $82.5 million in funding for the Ravine Strategy includes:
The increased investment in Toronto’s Ravine Strategy this year will allow for:
Ravines are a major part of Toronto’s green infrastructure, and along with parks and tree canopy, provide many environmental, health and recreational benefits. They are a part of a larger watershed system, helping to filter and convey stormwater, enhance biodiversity and reduce urban heat. Ravines also contain grey infrastructure, such as utilities and sewer lines, and some of the busiest roads and trails that help move people through the city, such as the Don Valley Parkway and Lower Don Trail.
Unleashing the energy and resources required to achieve sustained impact requires that the City work collectively across diverse sectors including business, other public institutions, non-profit organizations, community groups, Indigenous groups, residents and community volunteers. Two key partnerships that will advance planning and activation in Toronto ravines in 2021 include:
Key programs continuing this year include:
More information about Toronto’s Ravine Strategy.
“Toronto’s ravines are world-renowned and are a gem that lies within many parts of our city. That is why it is so important that we protect them and invest in them so that future generations can continue to enjoy them. Our City recognizes this and is investing $82.5 million this year alone. This is all important work that needs to be done and we are working to support it as a city as much as we can. The additional funding this year will make a real difference in our ravines. We wanted to highlight this investment today, on Earth Day, because it’s important that we all recognize that we are investing in our natural infrastructure and this is something that all governments should be focused on.”
– Mayor John Tory
“By investing in our ravines, we’re improving the environmental, social, physical and mental well-being of our communities. Toronto’s ravines are valuable natural infrastructure that act as sinks for carbon, purify our water, provide a home for many species, and create space for recreation. We’re so fortunate to be able to connect with nature in these beautiful corridors that have been carved down over generations.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) and Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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