Since first being settled in 1796 by Orange Lawrence, the city’s namesake, Orangeville and the surrounding Ontario area have been a prosperous agricultural region. Known as Southern Ontario’s “Fresh Food Basket,’ the rich, picturesque land and beautiful weather have resulted in the area bordering Lake Ontario becoming one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Over the next 30 years, population is expected to increase by about 3 million people.
To safeguard environmentally sensitive land and farmland from this rapid urban growth, Ontario created the Greenbelt in 2005 – federally protecting 1.8 million acres of countryside and ensuring rural towns and villages stay intact. Not only does the Greenbelt ensure the longevity of Ontario’s fresh-farming community, it is essential for protecting water sources, filtering and providing clean air, storing carbon and preserving species habitat.