Places to Grow Initiative

Places to Grow is the initiative to plan for growth in Ontario in a way that supports economic prosperity and achieves a high quality of life.  Planning for growth:

  • sustains a robust economy 
  • builds complete and strong communities that use land, resources and existing infrastructure efficiently, with amenities and community infrastructure to support a good quality of life
  • promotes a healthy environment and a culture of conservation  

Places to Grow Act, 2005

The foundation of the Places to Grow initiative is the Places to Grow Act, 2005.  This legislation allows for the identification and designation of growth plan areas and the development of strategic growth plans for those communities, in discussion with local officials, stakeholders, residents, and other public groups.

There are also a number of related Provincial initiatives that support Places to Grow.

Growth Plans

Growth plans identify where and how growth should occur within a region. They help guide government investments.

The first growth plan under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 was released on June 16, 2006 and is for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the horseshoe-like area that wraps around western Lake Ontario. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 guides decisions on how land is developed, resources are managed, and public dollars are invested. The Growth Plan was amended on January 19, 2012 for the Simcoe Sub-area and on June 17, 2013 to update and extend the population and employment forecasts.

A second growth plan was released on March 4, 2011 and is for  Northern Ontario. The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011 guides decision-making and investments in Northern Ontario.

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