Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

Map of Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Area
Greater Golden Horseshoe

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was released on June 16, 2006. It is a long-term plan that aims to:

  • Revitalize downtowns to become vibrant and convenient centres.
  • Create complete communities that offer more options for living, working, learning, shopping and playing.
  • Provide housing options to meet the needs of people at any age.
  • Curb sprawl and protect farmland and green spaces.
  • Reduce traffic gridlock by improving access to a greater range of transportation options.

The Growth Plan has been amended twice since its release in 2006. The first amendment was released in January 2012 and contains policies, schedules and definitions that apply in the Simcoe Sub-area. The second amendment was released in June 2013 to update and extend the Growth Plan’s population and employment forecasts.

In 2015, performance indicators to measure implementation of the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe were released. Learn more.

In 2015, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was included in a co-ordinated review of four provincial land use plans. To support the Co-ordinated Review, the Government of Ontario appointed an Advisory Panel of six advisers, chaired by David Crombie, to develop recommendations on how to amend and improve the plans. The Panel completed its work and submitted its report in December 2015.

The Government of Ontario has reviewed and considered all feedback received from stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities, as well as the Advisory Panel’s recommendations. The government is now proposing changes to the four plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Download the plan currently in effect:

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, Office Consolidation, June 2013

To receive a printed copy of the Growth Plan please order online from ServiceOntario Publications link opens in a new window or call 1-800-668-9938.


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