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Check out our well researched policy submissions and articles. Find out how building inward supports affordable housing and sustainable communities that protect nature and a healthy environment.

Bill 162- The Getting it Done Act, submission to the province by the Friends of the Golden Horseshoe

Read our submission to find out how the changes to the Environmental Assessment Act that allow expropriation of land before…

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Friends Submission on Regional Governance

Upper tier governments have played a hugely significant role in providing coordinated and cost-effective management of our farmland and natural…

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Plan Canada: Ontario Government relegates Smart Growth to the Dust Bin

Read Victor Doyle’s article about the systematic dismantling of the award winning smart growth framework, https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:a0b2c021-7e27-4775-a5b4-be7ef9db0b1a

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Friends submission to Province on PPS policy changes

PPS ERO July 29 2023.docx To open full submission click on link above. partial text copy below Submission on ERO-019-6813…

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Do we really need to build on Ontario’s Greenbelt?

The Ontario Provincial Government recently passed Bill 23, more commonly known as the More Homes Built Faster Act, which opened…

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Friends of the Golden Horseshoe- Submission on ERO-019-6177

Review of A Place to Grow and Provincial Policy Statement December 30, 2022

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Friends of the Golden Horseshoe Newsletter #4

Click here for newsletter – see text below Recap of Fall 2022 As most are aware, this Fall saw the…

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Ford Lied about the Greenbelt.

Check out this news article on Bill 23 and Greenbelt lies https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:bf545908-8691-3d83-8ae1-a6eb35fe644b

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Bill 39 – ‘Strong Mayor Powers’ – Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022

Submission by Friends of the Golden Horseshoe Click to view our submission

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Greenbelt Plan Removals Submission

The proposed Greenbelt removals are a massive betrayal of all Ontarians.

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Bill 23 Submission, More Homes Built Fast Act

The Friends of the Golden Horseshoe is a group who have a vision for healthy and prosperous communities throughout the…

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Victor Doyle: Ford government is squandering the future of the Golden Horseshoe

Without any mandate, using rapidly escalating housing prices as the rationale, and pursued under the cover of Covid, the Ford…

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Slides from Highway 413 Webinar

Presenter slide decks from April 20th webinar Slide Deck- Ken Greenberg Slide Deck –Tim Gray Slide deck – Divya Avora…

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Growth Planning presentations, Kevin Eby and Susan Lloyd Swail

Durham Presentation Deck February 2022 Niagara Presentation Deck March 2022 Simcoe Presentation Deck February 2022 Waterloo, Wellington, Brant Presentation Deck…

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Friends care about keeping our Greenbelt protected.



The province is pushing for more carbon intensive growth than we can afford



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