Ottawa Greenbelt

The Ottawa Greenbelt is primarily owned by the National Capital Commission (14,950 acres) along with other public and private agencies.  Farming, forestry, research and the airport make up its primary “economic contributions”. Yet recreation, wildlife habitat, open space and ecological preservation as well as a more distinct sense of community and a sense of “greenness” by citizens within and around the greenbelt show that agriculture can be a part of larger urban values as well as economically beneficial.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The diverse range of land use in the Ottawa Greenbelt makes it different from other green belt areas as it allows deliberate development as part of its planning program.

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