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Growth Planning Crucial to Provincial Infrastructure Investment Plans

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Growth Planning Crucial to Provincial Infrastructure Investment Plans

McGuinty Government Helps Communities Plan For Their Futures

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is taking steps to help encourage and support strategic growth planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region in order to leverage infrastructure investments from the government over the next 25 years.

Municipal leaders and staff from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) met today as part of ongoing efforts to implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, designed to ensure long-term economic prosperity for the region by curbing sprawl and developing more complete communities.

With more than 3.7 million more people expected to live in the region by 2031, the plan sets out policies to revitalize downtowns and create better housing and transportation options to accommodate this growth.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $8 billion in infrastructure transfers to municipalities, including capital grants, one-time investments and other contributions.
  • The Greater Golden Horseshoe is the fourth-fastest growing, large metropolitan area in Canada and the U.S, behind only Greater Atlanta, Greater Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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“This government has its eye on a future that will see growth planning and infrastructure investment tied together for Ontario’s new green economy. We are counting on municipalities to work with us to ensure we invest wisely in new infrastructure in their communities.”

George Smitherman

Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

“It’s so exciting to see so many key municipalities and experts gathering today to support the implementation of the Growth Plan. The plan is very progressive, so the region will be well situated to reap economic and environmental benefits for the next 25 years.”

Peter Calthorpe

Urban Designer, Keynote Speaker at the Summit



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