Places to Grow Implementation Fund - 2014/15 Recipients

Places to Grow Implementation Fund recipients for 2014-15

In 2014-15, seven projects were supported through the Places to Grow Implementation Fund:

  • City of Pickering: Developed innovative engagement tools that was used to collect community input on the City’s plans for intensifying areas beyond the downtown. Community feedback informed a planning study and intensification vision that was be prepared by the municipality. The City engaged residents and stakeholders from commercial, industrial and institutional sectors through community roundtable discussions, a survey, an online engagement platform, and through social media. ($20,000)
  • Environmental DefenceDeveloped communication material about the Growth Plan, and the benefits of sustainable development. This project considered how the plans work together to protect farmland and forests while encouraging smarter, more efficient cities and towns. ($19,090)
  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC): Organized a forum; conducted interviews and focus group sessions; developed a webinar; conducted a survey; and assisted in building the Smart Growth Network’s online directory of organizations and resources. The Smart Growth Network is an online provincial network that is managed by OHCC. It consists of environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers and individuals that share an interest in regional growth planning that boosts the economy, protects the environment, and enhances the quality of life in communities. The project improved communications among the group and increase awareness and understanding of regional growth planning in Ontario. ($25,540)
  • Pembina Institute: Developed the Close to Home report that looks at the benefits of compact, walkable, and transit friendly neighbourhoods. The report includes examples of the benefits of density and demonstrates some of the ways that compact development and building complete communities can make life more affordable and enjoyable. This project builds on Pembina’s past work wherein the organization developed a housing affordability model and conducted analysis for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). ($35,000)
  • Professor Zack Taylor: Prepared a report on the theme of regional resilience and future growth planning priorities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Professor Zack Taylor Prepared a report on regional resilience and future growth planning priorities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Dr. Taylor's report Toward Regional Resilience in Toronto: From Diagnosis to Action assesses the Toronto region's surrent assets and vulnerabilities in relation to future risks. ($14,950)

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