The Big Sprawl
Since 2019, the Ontario government has pursued THE BIG SPRAWL, a set of efforts to enrich a small group of politically well-connected land developers by pushing suburban sprawl onto Ontario’s surviving farms, forests and wetlands.
In October of 2022, when the Ontario government revealed shocking plans to directly force outward sprawl upon municipal governments - and strip protection from vital Greenbelt lands that are supposed to be permanently off limits for sprawl.
Unless we stop it, THE BIG SPRAWL will destroy green space, worsen urban flooding, waste millions in extra infrastructure costs, prevent us from meeting our climate change targets, and squander the millions of new homes and workplaces that are our last best chance to repair the post-war suburbs Ontario is saddled with already.
See below to find out more about THE BIG SPRAWL and how you can help fight it.
Map of GTHA Development Land
Ontario has designated more than enough land to build new homes without touching the Greenbelt.
The map below shows the different land designations in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). As can be seen on the map, the GTHA now has nearly 4x the amount needed for housing through 2051.
How to use the map: zoom in on any area of this map to see roads, rivers, lakes and cities.
The colours of the map represent the different types of land designations in the GTHA.
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