• Petitioning Premier Kathleen Wynne

This petition will be delivered to:

Premier of Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne
Springwater Township
Mayor Collins and Springwater Council
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
Glen Murray
Minister of the Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ted McMeekin

Save our farms and rare wetland from mega-development

    1. Petition by

      Midhurst Ratepayers' Association

The Midhurst Secondary Plan proposes to turn a small, rural community of 3,500 people into a small city of almost 30,000! At stake are the local farms on prime agricultural land that will be sacrificed for development land (up to almost 1,900 acres). Moreover, the health of a small local creek and the nearby, internationally significant Minesing Wetlands are threatened by 10.6 million litres of effluent that will be pumped in daily from the proposed sewage treatment facility. These wetlands contain fragile ecosystems and in some parts, rare or sensitive species of flora and fauna.  Based on what we stand to lose or destroy, failure to stop this massive over-development is NOT an option. 


In addition, the people of Midhurst have overwhelmingly shown their disapproval of such a massive development through several actions including a petition and high attendance during a recent township meeting. Still, this rural community, its farms and water are under threat. Also, the municipality has provided little factual evidence that this development will bring any benefit to the citizens (e.g. local jobs, lower taxes).


This fight is about ensuring that people of a community have a right to be heard by their government, that they have a right to choose to preserve their natural resources and farms and that even when faced against formidable opposition, small voices can be turned into thunderous roars.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Margaret Atwood Celebrates Rural Living with Midhurst - June 22

      We met her petition signer challenge and now internationally renowned author, Margaret Atwood, is coming to our aid as pledged. Thank you for making this possible for our little village. We are facing incredible odds and even larger opponents, but we carry on nonetheless because we believe that change is possible and, in this case, necessary.

      We'd love to see you there! You can purchase tickets or learn more about the event through our website: www.friendsofmidhurst.ca

      As always, thank you for your continued support. Together, we can make a difference!

      Midhurst Ratepayers' Association

    3. We Made National News!!

      We were delighted to have our cause highlighted on Global National News. Big thanks out to the reporter, Christina Stevens and her cameraman who took the time to care. This case represents everything that we should care about: farmland, clean water, healthy environment and our rights to our communities' futures.


      Ontario community feels expansion is a step back

      Thu, Mar 20: Plans are in the works to turn the Ontario farming community of Midhurst into a bustling suburban city. But some in the community are calling the transformation a step backwards. Christina Stevens explains.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. See Our New Video

      Meet Midhurst

      Sign our petition to save the farms and water that sustain us all. http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/save-our-farms-and-water-sources-from-mega-development This video quickly outlines what our small community stands to lose if the MSP goes forward. The music was written by a Midhurst resident describing the rural nature of our community.

    6. Margaret Atwood, Maude Barlow and Michael Ondaatje - oh my!!

      These are just some of the high profile people that have shown support for our cause. They obviously believe in local food, family farms and fresh, clean water - as we all should.

      Margaret Atwood has challenged us to get our petition to 5000. If we do, she will visit our threatened farms and wetlands and do a fundraiser in a local high school. We need that level of exposure, so please help us spread the word and get to 5000. Our goal is to reach 5000 by May 1, 2014. Let's do this!

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Only 108 people away from our initial goal!

      Thank you for signing the petition to put stop a mega-development that would sacrifice 1900 acres of prime farmland and have potentially disastrous effects on the pristine water of Springwater and the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands. We are very close to meeting our goal and the momentum is just beginning. We've had many more groups come to support us including: Council of Canadians, Food and Water First, Environmental Defence, STORM Coalition, Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, Brereton Field Naturalists Club, Mike Schreiner Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and AWARE Simcoe. These well respected organizations have lent their support because they know that our natural resources and our farms MATTER! Moreover, they know that sprawl developments such as the Midhurst Secondary Plan need to be curbed - sprawl hurts us all. Thank you for your continued support.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Midhurst petition getting more and more notice!

      Our petition to save the farmland and protect water sources from a proposed mega-development in Midhurst is creating quite a buzz. Not only has it quickly surpassed its halfway mark, it has also been shared amongst many conservation groups such as Council of Canadians (Simcoe). Our latest is that Mike Schreiner, leader for the Ontario Green Party, has stepped up to the plate and signed the petition. Obviously, he is making good on his party's commitment to preserve farmland and the environment. Thank you for signing and sharing. Most importantly, thank you for caring about the world in which you live. Here's to 1000!

    11. Reached 500 signatures



    Jan 31, 2014

    If the @SaveMidhurstNow petition hits 5,000 I'll come to #Midhurst +do a fundraiser in the nearest highschool http://t.co/qZuRhgdtWh

    Margaret E. Atwood

    Reasons for signing

    • Janet Sauve BARRIE, ONTRIO, CANADA
      • about 7 hours ago

      Minesing Wetland is an international treasure and land surrounding it should be protected. This area has huge potential for ecotourism.

    • David Faux CYPRESS, CA
      • about 8 hours ago

      My father was born near Midhurst in 1912. The family farm is now under Highway 400. I am all too familiar with unrestricted and unwarranted development since in my home town of Caledonia Ontario, Haldimand County Council has given the go ahead to double the size of our sleepy town of 10,000 with no regard to serious infrastructure issues and the already intolerable traffic on our one bridge across the Grand River. I stand in solidarity with the people of Midhurst.

    • Desiree Newhook ST. JOHN'S, CANADA
      • 3 days ago

      I grew up in Midhurst - it was and still is a great little town. Would hate to see the wetlands and farmland ruined with overdevelopment

    • Jason francey ORILLIA, CANADA
      • 3 days ago

      I Care about the future of the people of midhurst and the wetlands

    • Stephanie Wolfe ALLISTON, CANADA
      • 4 days ago

      This violates the Places to Grow act, contributes to urban sprawl and therefore contributes to climate change. Follow your own Places to Grow legislation!!


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