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Ontario wants your opinion on how to improve transportation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Map source: Ontario Ministry of Transportation

TORONTO – On June 29th, the Ontario government released a discussion paper for public feedback that will inform the province’s first transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

The deadline for providing feedback on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan is August 28, 2021. The online survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, can be found here:

https://www.ontario.ca/form/consultation-greater-golden-horseshoe-transportation-plan-discussion-paper

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is the urban region centred around the City of Toronto and extending from Waterloo, Wellington and Brant County in the west; to Peterborough and Northumberland in the east; Simcoe County to the north; and Haldimand and Niagara to the south. By 2051, population and employment in the GGH are forecast to grow from 10 million to 14.9 million people, and 4.5 million to 7 million jobs.

From September 11 to October 26, 2020, over 2,200 people completed an online survey to help inform the province’s future work on developing a 2051 transportation plan for the region.

The resulting discussion paper considers many new challenges including economic transitions, new technologies and shifting demographics that will alter the way people use the transportation system.

Photo: Mike Murchison

The paper outlines initiatives and concepts that address mobility in the region, are designed to meet collective goals and transportation challenges of the future and sets out priority near-term actions as a foundation to achieve this vision.

The proposed plan would help guide and align decisions and investments over the long-term to ensure other levels of government, transportation agencies, industry, local businesses and other service providers are working collaboratively to shape the transportation system.

The province will consider and incorporate feedback received over the next few months as it works towards releasing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan later in 2021.

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