Rama Road Economic Employment District

The “made in Simcoe” amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, came into effect on January 19, 2012.  The development and implementation of Amendment 1 has and continues to be a shared effort among those who are interested in and concerned with the future of the region.  This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to protect the environment while creating jobs, attracting new investment and strengthening the economy in the Simcoe region.

The Rama Road Economic Employment District offers high potential to support the creation of high-quality jobs in the tourism and recreation sectors.  Determining the boundary and uses permitted in this employment district provides communities with planning certainty, supports local decision-making, unlocks planned projects and creates investment opportunities.

The details below are the result of extensive consultation on Proposed Amendment 1 with the affected municipalities, stakeholders, and other interested communities.  The Provincial Development Facilitator played a key role in helping to advise on how best to implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, in the Simcoe area.

Under the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, the Minister of Infrastructure has the authority to establish the boundaries and permitted uses of the economic employment districts.  Municipalities may request the Minister to consider a review of the boundary or the permitted uses by providing a detailed and complete written rationale outlining why the review is necessary. Should a request be made the Minister may further consult with affected municipalities, stakeholders and other interested communities.

By continuing to implement a shared vision for growth in Simcoe, the Province will help to ensure that the Simcoe area and the rest of the Greater Golden Horseshoe remain great places to live, work, play and invest in, long into the future.


The Location, Boundary of and Uses Permitted in the Rama Road Economic Employment District

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, (“Growth Plan”) was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, which took effect on June 16, 2006. Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan, for the Simcoe Sub-area, was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 and came into effect on January 19, 2012.

This report contains the location, boundary of and uses permitted in the Rama Road Economic Employment District issued by the Minister of Infrastructure on September 24, 2012 pursuant to policy 6.4.3 of the Growth Plan.

The Rama Road Economic Employment District is identified and defined in the Growth Plan. For a copy of the Growth Plan or additional information, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Infrastructure toll-free at 1-888-668-4636, email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.placestogrow.ca.

Map Delineating the Location and Boundary of the
Rama Road Economic Employment District:

Map Delineating the Location


Uses Permitted within the Rama Road Economic Employment District: Uses are limited to tourism-related and recreational uses that accommodate large area commercial activities that are destinations or serve the needs of visitors. Such uses are limited to: entertainment; hotels, resorts, and other non-permanently occupied units; and accessory uses. As set out in the definition of the Rama Road Economic Employment District in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, major retail uses are not permitted uses.

Definitions from the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006:

    Economic Employment Districts: to be planned and protected for locally significant employment uses. These are not settlement areas*.

    *Settlement areas are defined in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

    Rama Road Economic Employment District: location set out in Schedule 8. The Rama Road Economic Employment District boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4. Major retail uses are not permitted.

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