Places to Grow Implementation Fund

The Places to Grow Implementation Fund supports projects that promote and help achieve the policies and goals of the Province’s growth plans -- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Initiated in 2013, the fund awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support a limited number of innovative projects. The Fund has a budget of $200,000 to support a limited number of projects with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

In 2016-17, a call for proposals was held for projects and research initiatives that would build awareness and advance growth planning in Ontario, including areas of focus such as building complete communities, encouraging active transportation, developing transit-supportive urban form, curbing urban sprawl, promoting intensification, and enhancing data and performance monitoring, etc.

The deadline to apply for 2016-17 funding was September 22, 2016

The 2016-17 Application Guidelines and the Application Form may be viewed here for those wishing to learn more about the application process, eligibility, and proposal requirements.

For more information, please contact:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 
777 Bay Street, 4th Floor, Suite 425
Toronto, Ontario
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Supported Projects

Since 2013, the Places to Grow Implementation Fund has committed $500,000 toward twenty-four projects that support growth planning in Ontario.

Places to Grow Implementation Fund recipients for 2016-17

Six projects will receive support in 2016-17:

  • Visualizing and Assessing Density in the Greater Golden Horseshoe - Canadian Urban Institute: The project Visualizing and Assessing Density in the Greater Golden Horseshoe will highlight what Growth Plan density targets look like in existing neighbourhoods, and provide an example of how they may be achieved in other communities throughout Ontario. Images of neighbourhoods at different scales will be made available on a Visualizing Density website, and an innovative methodology to understand how Growth Plan targets can be measured will also be developed. ($43,800)

  • Spaces to Learn. Places to Grow: Education Resources for Teachers and Students across the Greater Golden Horseshoe - EcoSpark: The project Spaces to Learn, Places to Grow, by EcoSpark, with support from the Neptis Foundation, will increase awareness and understanding of growth planning among teachers and students in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. By promoting and supporting the concepts of complete communities in formal education, young people will become informed, engaged, and active in how our communities mature and grow now and into the future. Through this project, an educational resource will be created that approximately 3,000 elementary and high schools (all schools within the Greater Golden Horseshoe) will receive access to. Use of materials developed will also be promoted through teacher training workshops. ($44,000)

  • On the Path to Net-Zero Carbon: Integrating Land Use and Energy Planning in Ontario Municipalities - Ontario Climate Consortium: The project On the Path to Net Zero Carbon: Integrating Land Use and Energy Planning in Ontario Municipalities will facilitate knowledge sharing across the province about lessons learned, innovative approaches, and best practices of municipal innovators. The project will focus on Ontario municipalities that are succeeding in integrating growth planning strategies with their climate mitigation and energy management policies to build net zero communities. This project will provide key guidance on a proposed new policy area in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe to assist in implementation of the Growth Plan policy objectives, including creating complete communities that include higher density built-form, and denser mixed-use development patterns that ensure energy efficiency. ($23,000)

  • Active Transportation Best Practice in Rural Municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe - The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation: The project Active Transportation Best Practices in Rural Municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe will support active transportation planning in smaller and rural municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe as they continue to implement the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The project will provide critical professional and public knowledge on the types of innovations that are possible in small town settings, and may inspire other Ontario municipalities in creating complete communities and enabling active transportation. ($43,000)

  • All grown up: How municipalities are developing complete communities around transit - Pembina Institute: The project All Grown Up: How Municipalities are Developing Complete Communities Around Transit aims to conduct new research to explore how Ontario municipalities can achieve transit-supportive density around new or existing transit stations. The project will build on past research by the Pembina Institute that was supported through the 2014-15 Places to Grow Implementation Fund titled Close to Home, which identified four principles of success for building complete communities including strong leadership from cities, participation from developers, coordinated transit approaches, and early engagement with stakeholders. These principles of success will be further explored through this project as they relate to how municipalities can achieve transit-supportive density through regulatory changes such as Official Plan policies and other guidelines. ($16,200)

  • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment – Good for Your Heart, Good for the Planet: The project by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Good for Your Heart, Good for the Planet will build capacity among and engage doctors, medical residents and other health professionals who want to become effective advocates for growth planning that promotes healthy, compact, and complete communities that support active modes of transportation. This goal will be achieved with a multi-pronged outreach program to engage doctors, medical residents, other health professionals, and their patients. ($30,000) 
To learn more about Places to Grow Implementation Fund projects and recipients from previous years, please select from the links below.
 
  • Evaluating Complete Street Transformations in the Greater Golden Horseshoe – Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
  • Mid-Rise Database and Interactive Web Portal – Canadian Urban Institute
  • Roads and Runoff: Meeting Growth Planning Objectives Through Green Stormwater Infrastructure in the Right of Way – Green Communities Canada
  • Benchmarking, Planning and Promoting Transit-Oriented Development in Transit Station Areas – McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
  • Thriving Places – Park People
  • The New Economy: The Role of Co-working in Ontario’s Mid-sized Cities – 10 Carden Shared Space Inc.
  • Engagement Tools – City of Pickering
  • Complete Streets Catalogue: Understanding Complete Streets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe – Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
  • Report on Smart Growth – Environmental Defence
  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition – Smart Growth Network Online Directory
  • Close to Home – The Pembina Institute
  • Aligning Municipal and Provincial Policies and Practices in the Context of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe – Regional Planning Commissioners, Regional Public Works Commissioners, and Ontario Regional and Single-Tier Treasurers
  • Toward Regional Resilience in Toronto: From Diagnosis to Action – Professor Zack Taylor, Western University
  • Summit on Urban Design – City of Guelph
  • Institute Without Boundaries – George Brown College School of Design
  • Contemporary Arts and the Environment – No.9
  • Retail Industry and Regional Development Trends – Regional Municipality of York
  • Sustainability Metrics Tool – Town of Richmond Hill

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