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 that will take effect on July 1, 2017:

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

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

View or download the plan currently in effect:

Cover Page of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006)

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

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))

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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