11 Mar 2011

Our recent 'across the pond' post has gotten us thinking about America's northern neighbour, Canada. Being the second largest country in the world is great, but when you have an average density of roughly three and a half persons per square kilometre it can get pretty lonely at times. The Government of Ontario has just produced a 25 year Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, an area about the size of the UK and France combined.

This plan is less concerned with managing growth and more concerned with encouraging it. Planning for more rural and remote regions is a major concern that often doesn't get enough attention. The Government has taken a rather comprehensive view, as they note "This Plan is in part an economic development plan, an infrastructure investment plan, a labour market plan and a land-use plan." The plan focuses on six areas; the economy, people, communities, infrastructure, environment and Aboriginal peoples. There are a few maps in the appendix you might want to check out as well.

This plan sits alongside it's Toronto orientated Southern Ontario cousin (the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe) which you might also like to look at as it's the only recipient from outside the United States to ever receive the American Planning Association's (APA) Daniel Burnham Award. Have a look at the video below to see what they had to say about the plan:

For more details head on over to the Places to Grow website.