Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Map of Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Area
Greater Golden Horseshoe

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 was released on May 18, 2017. It will come into effect on July 1, 2017, replacing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, which remains in effect until that time.

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is a long-term plan that works together with the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment.

To support these goals, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe works to:

  • Support the achievement of complete communities that offer more options for living, working, learning, shopping and playing.
  • Reduce traffic gridlock by improving access to a greater range of transportation options.
  • Provide housing options to meet the needs of people at any age.
  • Revitalize downtowns to become more vibrant and to provide convenient access to an appropriate mix of jobs, local services, public service facilities and a full range of housing.
  • Curb sprawl and protect farmland and green spaces.
  • Promote long-term economic growth. 

This updated plan is the result of extensive engagement with the public, Indigenous communities, municipalities and stakeholders, as well as the recommendations provided by the Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie.

View or download the plan in effect as of July 1, 2017:

Cover Page of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017)

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

To facilitate implementation of the updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017, the Minister has made modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans).

O. Reg. 311/06 is a Minister’s regulation under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 that prescribes transition provisions for growth plans under that Act. In accordance with subsection 14(1) of the Places to Grow Act, 2005, all decisions made under the Planning Act and Condominium Act, 1998 shall conform with a growth plan that applies to that growth plan area. Subsection 3(5) of the Planning Act provides that decisions in respect of planning matters shall conform with provincial plans, including growth plans, that are in effect on the date of decision. Any matter commenced, but where a decision(s) remains to be made as of July 1, 2017 is subject to the policies of the updated Growth Plan. The only exception is for limited planning matters that have been prescribed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs through O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters – Growth Plans).

To receive a printed copy of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 please order online from ServiceOntario Publications.

View or download previous versions of the plan:

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (plan as it read on June 16, 2006)

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, Office Consolidation, January 2012 (plan as it read following Amendment 1 (2012))

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, Office Consolidation, June 2013 (plan as it read following Amendment 2 (2013))

Amendment 2 (2013) To The Growth Plan For The Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

To request a copy of Amendment 1 (2012), please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To learn more about the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review:

Visit ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview

Performance Indicators:

Fourteen performance indicators were established to measure the implementation of the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

Learn more about the performance indicators for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 here.

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