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 by:

  • increasing knowledge and understanding of growth planning in Ontario through research and data collection and/or;
  • fostering greater public knowledge, awareness and understanding of the merits of growth planning in Ontario through training and education.

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 2017-18, consideration will be given to projects and research initiatives that build awareness of and advance growth planning in Ontario, including areas of focus such as:

  • Building healthy, complete communities in urban, suburban and/or rural contexts.
  • Increasing intensification and addressing barriers to it.
  • Achieving transit-supportive densities.
  • Designing high quality compact built form and public open spaces.
  • Achieving a range and mix of housing options, including affordable housing, to serve all sizes, incomes, and ages of households.
  • Aligning land use planning with economic development strategies and emerging trends.
  • Integrating land use planning with planning and investment in infrastructure and public service facilities.
  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change and creating low-carbon or net-zero communities.

The deadline to apply for 2017-18 funding is 12:00 noon on August 10, 2017

Interested applicants should review the 2017-18 Application Guidelines and fill out the Online Application Form to apply.

For more information, please contact:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Municipal Affairs 
777 Bay Street, 4th Floor, Suite 428
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2E5

Local: (416) 325-1210
Toll free: 1-866-479-9781
TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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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 were supported in 2016-17:

  • Visualizing Density - Canadian Urban Institute: The project Visualizing densityhighlights what different densities look like in existing neighbourhoods. Images of neighbourhoods at different scales have been made available at This pilot project is intended to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups, and private sector builders design more complete communities and adapt existing ones over time. ($43,800)

  • Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe - EcoSpark: The project Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, by EcoSpark, with support from the Neptis Foundation, helps to increase awareness and understanding of growth planning among teachers and students in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Through the project, EcoSpark has developed a new curriculum-linked Teacher’s Guide and Lesson Plans to help educators teach concepts such as sustainable growth and climate change mitigation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Resources are available in both French and English and approximately 3,000 elementary and high schools (every school within the Greater Golden Horseshoe) have received access to these resources. 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. ($44,000)

  • On the Path to Net-Zero Communities - Ontario Climate Consortium: The project On the Path to Net Zero Carbon: Integrating Land Use and Energy Planning in Ontario Municipalities The project On the Path to Net Zero Communities: integrating land use and energy planning in Ontario municipalities facilitated knowledge sharing across the province about lessons learned, innovative approaches, and best practices of municipal innovators. The project focuses on Ontario municipalities that are succeeding in integrating growth planning strategies with their climate mitigation and energy management policies to build low-carbon and net-zero communities. ($23,000)

  • Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbelt - The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation: Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbeltis a book that profiles 13 projects that have improved conditions for walking and cycling in unique contexts beyond the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The project provided critical professional and public knowledge on the types of innovations that are possible in small town, rural and suburban settings, and may inspire other Ontario municipalities in enabling active transportation. ($43,000)

  • Getting on Board - Pembina Institute: The project Getting on Board: Learning from planning and engagement around rapid transit projects in Ontario examines engagement and planning processes around ongoing rapid transit projects in four Ontario communities to better understand the challenges ad success factors associated with these efforts. ($16,200)

  • Active Travel Toolkit - Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment:The toolkit Prescribing Active Travel for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet by CAPE helps to 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. ($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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