What is growth planning?
Growth planning incorporates infrastructure planning and investment, demographic changes, economic development, employment trends, land use planning, and population health to support the government’s vision for future communities.
Growth management policies address a range of issues across Ontario. They work to attract jobs and investment, while preparing for communities’ future needs such as infrastructure, housing and new digital technologies.
Read our growth plans
A Place to Grow
Read our long-term plan to provide homes and jobs, promote investment and build communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011
Read our long-term plan for job creation and economic development in Northern Ontario.
Introductions to A Place to Grow
Learn what you need to know about A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Planning details for A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Agricultural System for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Natural Heritage System for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2018)
- Performance Indicators for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2015)
- Simcoe County employment areas and districts (2012)
- GIS file for 2008 Built Boundary (2008)
- GIS files for urban growth centre boundaries (2006)
- Built Boundary for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2008)
- Size and location of urban growth centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2008)
- Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2020)
Provincially Significant Employment Zones
Learn about the key employment areas that will attract investment and grow industries in Ontario.
Initiatives related to the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario
Since the Plan’s release, provincial economic development strategies, action plans and investments to support the Plan have focused on the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario’s key policy areas and 11 named economic sectors. These sectors include minerals and mining, forestry, advanced manufacturing, health sciences and tourism.
Learn and share
Images to share, link, tweet and include in your work and presentations
View photographs that demonstrate growth planning concepts.
Drawings and diagrams
Use these conceptual images to explain growth planning objectives.
Acts and regulations
Places to Grow Act, 2005
This act is the foundation for all of Ontario’s growth plans and allows the province to:
- designate geographic regions in the province as growth areas with a specific focus
- develop a new growth plan in consultation with municipalities, stakeholders, public groups, members of the public and Indigenous communities in a region
- guide decisions about infrastructure investment, housing and transportation, while balancing the need for farmland and natural areas
- Growth Plan Areas, Ontario Regulation 416/05, as amended
- Transitional Matters - Growth Plans, Ontario Regulation 311/06, as amended