Local perspective on the Ontario Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Between January and March of 2016, KPMG in Canada's Public Sector practice in Hamilton/Niagara embarked on a series of over 40 in-depth interviews to explore the needs of various stakeholders, in government and industry, with respect to municipal development.
In May 2017, the Province of Ontario released its Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (the “Plan”) to guide investment and growth activities of the municipalities within the Greater Golden Horseshoe (“GGH”). The Province highlights in the Plan their focus on creating higher-density, transit-supportive communities and effectively using existing infrastructure. Policies are included to protect agriculture areas and to mitigate the impact of climate change. Interestingly, and not surprisingly, the Plan reflects many of the issues and priorities that our 2016 interviews revealed. The Plan will shape investment in Ontario in the years to come. It is important for our local municipalities to identify the priorities within the Plan and evaluate how their infrastructure needs to align so as to strategically position future funding needs.
This Ontario Municipal Services White paper identifies three key areas those we interviewed highlighted, as well as how the Plan addresses these issues. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these findings with you.