Related Provincial Initiatives

Building Together link opens new window)

The government released Building Together, a long-term infrastructure plan in June, 2011. This plan includes strategic investments in hospitals, public transit, post-secondary institutions, highways, local roads and bridges and improved access to high-quality social services in communities. Strategic investments in these areas will ensure that Ontario remains competitive in the global economy and improve the quality of life for Ontario families.

The Greenbelt Plan link opens new window

This web site includes the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the Greenbelt Plan, and mapping. Ontario's Greenbelt is an area of permanently-protected green space, farmland, forests, wetlands, rivers, and vibrant communities.  Most of the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt is located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, where the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe works with the Greenbelt Plan to protect natural systems and agricultural areas. 

Lake Simcoe Protection link opens new window

Lake Simcoe is located in the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Its watershed is home to more than 350 000 people and the lake is a valuable part of the region's economy. The government of Ontario is implementing a comprehensive strategy to protect the lake's health. Visit this web site to learn more about what Ontario is doing and what you can do to protect Lake Simcoe.

Metrolinx link opens new window)

Metrolinx is responsible for developing a transportation plan in coordination with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe to tackle congestion and create an integrated, user-friendly transit system in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.  Metrolinx will also coordinate the purchase of transit vehicles for municipalities and manage the fare card system.

Planning Act Updates link opens new window

The Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 improves Ontario's land-use planning system, makes the Ontario Municipal Board more effective and accessible to the public, and provides municipalities the tools they need to influence and reshape our communities so they can develop in compact, integrated and more sustainable ways.

Brownfields Ontario link opens new window    

This web site provides in one place all the information you may need on brownfields, including related legislation, land use planning, environmental protection and financing.  Brownfields are former industrial sites.  They can be redeveloped to help revive neighbourhoods, create jobs and housing, take advantage of existing transit, infrastructure and community facilities, and help municipalities meet the density targets in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

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