Growth management is a strategic, long-range, comprehensive and integrated approach to build thriving and affordable communities across Ontario. It incorporates infrastructure planning and investment, demographic changes, economic development and employment trends, land use planning, and population health to support the government's vision of future communities.

Growth management policy can also be used to address a range of issues reflecting conditions in different regions of the province, including the need for greater population or employment growth, economic development, digital technologies and infrastructure.

Recent Updates 

May 2, 2019

A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

After a broad consultation on proposed policy changes, the Government of Ontario has released A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. A Place to Grow is an important part of More Homes, More Choice, the government's action plan that addresses the needs of the region's growing population, its diversity, its people and its local priorities.

This new plan will help manage growth so communities in the region develop in ways that expand economic opportunity, increase housing supply and protect jobs while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, agricultural lands, the agri-food sector and cultural and natural heritage systems.

As part of A Place to Grow, the ministry has identified 29 provincially significant zones in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to protect jobs, attract investments and keep existing industries in the region.

A Place to Grow will help make it faster and easier to build housing for the growing number of people expected to live and work in this area in the next twenty years.

Click here to see A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

In addition to releasing the new plan, we are seeking further feedback on the transition regulation. Please visit Ontario's Environmental Registry (Notice 019-0018) to read the draft proposal, and to submit any comments. The deadline for providing feedback is June 1, 2019.

You may also read the decision notices on four draft proposals that were posted on the Environmental Registry earlier this year (Notices 013-4504, Notices 013-4505, Notices 013-4506, Notices 013-4507), related to proposed changes to the growth plan and its transition regulation.

January 15, 2019

Proposed Changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

The Government of Ontario is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 ("Growth Plan") and its transition regulation.

We have heard that planning for growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region is needed. However, we have also heard that there are some issues regarding how best to implement the Growth Plan. The proposed changes build on feedback that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing heard from the business, research and development sectors, municipalities, and others during engagement sessions last fall.

The proposed changes respect the ability of local governments to make decisions about how they grow. The Province will maintain protections for the Greenbelt, agricultural lands, the agri-food sector, and natural heritage systems.

Please visit Ontario's Environmental Registry (Notice 013-4504) to read the draft proposals, and to submit any comments and suggestions. Please note that the deadline for providing feedback is February 28, 2019.

May 4, 2018

Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

The final Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is available for Upper- and single-tier municipalities to use when calculating the amount of land needed to accommodate forecasted growth to 2041.

The methodology is a growth management tool that provides a consistent way to make sure land is available for growth. To learn more, read the full methodology or the Summary.

April 16, 2018

Expanded Greenbelt Council

The Greenbelt Council, a government advisory body, was expanded to advise the Minister of Municipal Affairs on the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, as they relate to the Greenbelt Plan. David Crombie, former Toronto mayor and former federal cabinet minister, was appointed to serve as the new chair and the council's membership was broadened to provide advice on all of the plans. For more information about the council, visit the Greenbelt Council webpage.

March 21, 2018

Draft Guidance to support municipal implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe released for consultation

The Ministry has released two draft technical guidance documents that support municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe in their work with the Growth Plan. These documents will assist municipalities in the region to carry out their municipal comprehensive review processes, and achieve their targets.

Please visit Ontario's Environmental Registry (Notice 013-2359) to read the Draft Guidance documents, and to submit any comments and suggestions. Please note that the deadline for providing feedback has been extended to Tuesday June 19, 2018.

May 18, 2017

Release of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

The Government of Ontario has released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017, this plan will replace the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 that initially took effect on June 16, 2006. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was reviewed as part of a co-ordinated land use planning review, alongside the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Niagara Escarpment Plan. To learn more or to review and download the Growth Plan, please visit Ontario.ca/greatergoldenhorseshoeplans.

To learn more or to review and download the Growth Plan, please visit Ontario.ca/greatergoldenhorseshoeplans.

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