There are many organizations and government programs that are working hard to promote the implementation of green infrastructure throughout Ontario. Below you will find information on programs and organizations related to green infrastructure!
Governments & Municipalities
City of Toronto - Eco Roof Incentive Program
In 2009 Toronto was the first city in North America to legislate a green roof bylaw. The Eco - Roof Incentive Program provides incentives to those who install green roofs based on the size of the building and the available roof space. For more information click here.
City of Mississauga - Stormwater Charge
Starting in 2016 the City of Mississauga began adding a stormwater charge to property owner’s regional water bill; that involves charging all properties a fee for not having stormwater management strategies in place, while providing properties who manage their own stormwater a rebate. Learn what practices homeowners can implement to reduce the risk of flooding and what actions homeowners can take to reduce water quantity and improve quality in the City’s stormwater system. Fpr more information click here
City of Guelph - Rainwater Harvesting System Rebate
The program incentivizes the use of rainwater harvesting systems helping to conserve Guelph’s precious groundwater and reduces demands on municipal infrastructure. The city has designed a Residential Rainwater Harvesting Design and Installation Best Practices Manual for citizens to reference. For more information click here.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' mission is to develop and protect the market by increasing the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roofs, green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development, and celebrations of excellence. For more information click here.
Ontario Parks Association (OPA)
Established in 1936, is a non-profit charitable organization whose focus is on Protecting Tomorrow Today®. Through our work as advocates for our parks and open spaces and the training we provide to parks professionals in Ontario, we are helping to preserve our living green infrastructure assets for future generations. OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. For more information click here
Dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener; their ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs, and decades of community outreach have helped plant millions of trees in the province each year. It’s through these efforts that we’re bringing our vision for healthier forests to a new generation of stewards, partners, teachers, and donors For more information click here.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
With more than 60 years of experience, TRCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Working with municipalities and other partners to look after the watersheds of the Toronto region and its Lake Ontario waterfront, they help people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. For more information click here.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Is a community-based environmental organization, dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Credit River Watershed. Established by the provincial government in 1954, CVC is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. As the primary scientific authority for the watershed, CVC works in partnership with municipal governments, schools, businesses and community organizations to deliver locally-based programs. For more information click here.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable grant-making organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature; enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario. For more information click here.
Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO)
Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition is an alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized. For more information click here.
Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF)
LEAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. LEAF offers programs and resources that will help you plant, care and give. For more information click here.
Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC)
The OIPC provides leadership, expertise and a forum to engage and empower Ontarians to take action on invasive plant issues. The OIPC provides expert information on how to manage invasive plants through best management practices, documents, training webinars, and workshops. For more information click here
Toronto Urban Growers (TUG)
Toronto Urban Growers hosts regular networking meetings and promote knowledge exchange between urban growers via tours, reports, and an online forum. They will be hosting Urban Agriculture Week in September 2018! For more information click here.
Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF)
RAIN Community Solutions
RAIN Community solutions is a services of Green Communities Canada and its member organizations. We help communities save money, reduce flood risk, and protect water by managing rain where it falls. We work on a range of projects and programs to engage communities, build capacity, support policy change and connect stakeholders around green infrastructure issues. Some of recent projects and initiatives include Depave Paradise, RAIN Garden Groundbreakers, the Soak it up! Toolkit, and the Ontario Urban Flooding Collaborative. For more information click here