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 projects with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

In 2017-18, a call for proposals was held for projects and research initiatives that would 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 was noon on August 10, 2017

The 2017-18 Application Guidelines and the Online 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 
1 Dundas Street, 25th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1Z3

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 $900,000 toward 29 projects that support growth planning in Ontario.

Places to Grow Implementation Fund recipients for 2017-18

Four projects were supported in 2017-18:

  • Achieving Urban Growth Centre Activity Integration through Walking - University of Waterloo: The project by Professor Pierre Filion at the University of Waterloo will explore how to improve walkability in Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, supporting the Growth Plan's objectives to reduce land consumption and automobile reliance and achieve density goals. Three workshops, which will be co-hosted by Evergreen, will be held to share research findings amongst Ontario planners and other practitioners. ($42,400)

  • Growth and Resiliency in Tower in the Park Sites Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe - The Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal: This study will address the need for clarity and understanding in how to leverage infill and intensification of aging tower sites as a tool to achieve the Growth Plan's goals of creating more complete, healthy and resilient communities in Ontario. ($46,500)

  • Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe II - EcoSpark: Through this project, EcoSpark will continue to increase awareness and understanding of growth planning among teachers and students in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, focusing on grades 7 to 12 geography and grade 10 to 11 science. Building on the lesson plans and teacher's guide developed by EcoSpark through the 2016-17 Places to Grow Implementation Fund project Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the organization will be holding additional workshops for teachers and students across the region to help ensure that youths and teachers are informed, engaged, and active in the growth planning of their communities. ($31,600)

  • Transit-Supportive Planning Municipal Toolbox - The Pembina Institute: The resources developed through this project will increase knowledge and understanding among municipalities of innovative tools for growth planning around rapid transit projects in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Building on Pembina's successful 2016-17 Places to Grow Implementation Fund report Getting on Board, this project will provide further knowledge on municipal land use planning tools that can be used to promote complete communities and transit-supportive development. ($32,500)
To learn more about Places to Grow Implementation Fund projects and recipients from previous years, please select from the links below.
2016-17 Recipients
  • Visualizing Density - Canadian Urban Institute
  • Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe - EcoSpark
  • On the Path to Net-Zero Communities - Ontario Climate Consortium
  • Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbelt - Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
  • Getting on Board - Pembina Institute
  • Active Travel Toolkit - Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
  • 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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