Sprawl and leapfrogging

Picture showing a dense, sprawling, suburban neighbourhood.

The Greater Golden Horseshoe area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in North America. By the year 2031, the population of this region is expected to grow to 11.7 million people!

To keep urban sprawl in check and to protect southern Ontario's fragile natural landscapes and agricultural land, the Ontario government has created a plan for growth in Southern Ontario, the Places to Grow Plan. While the Greenbelt is an essential part of this plan, threats still remain both inside and outside of the Greenbelt boundaries.

As members of the Greenbelt Alliance, we work to ensure that the integrity of Ontario's Greenbelt is not undermined by inappropriate development. We also keep a watchdog eye on development pressures happening in nearby communities outside borders of the Greenbelt, in order to advocate for a smarter, healthier and more sustainable Southern Ontario.