On June 16, 2006 The Ontario government released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, which establishes a comprehensive 25- year vision and sets the policies for the development of more complete and vibrant communities, with the right mix of housing, jobs and community services.
The growth plan requires the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, in consultation with affected municipalities, to verify and delineate a built boundary for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The built boundary will define the built-up areas in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and will serve as an important tool for implementing the Growth Plan's policies, as well as monitoring the Plan's effectiveness.
On November 20, 2007, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal released a Technical Paper titled Proposed Final Built Boundary for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2006. The technical paper outlines the final methodology developed by the Ontario Growth Secretariate in consultation with municipalities and other stakeholders to define a built boundary, as well as maps that depict the proposed final built boundary for each upper- and single- tier municipality in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The technical paper is available on the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal's website at www.ontario.ca/placestogrow .
To briefy summarise the opening statement, Ontario's population is expected to grow by approximately 4 million people in the next 30 years.