McGuinty Government Wins Major Provincial Planning Awards

    New Award Category Recognizes Importance of Growth Plan And Greenbelt

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government's Growth Plan for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan have earned two new planning
awards from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
    The institute has created the Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction
specifically to recognize the significant impact that the Growth Plan for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan will have on Ontario.
    The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe outlines the
government's long-term vision for Canada's most populous and fastest-growing
region. It aims to create complete, livable communities, with a greater mix of
housing, parks, businesses and services and greater transportation choice. The
Greenbelt Plan permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural and
environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    "It is a great honour for us to be recognized with an award of this
kind," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, whose
ministry is responsible for the Growth Plan. "Long-term growth plans, like the
one we developed for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the one we are starting
to develop for Northern Ontario, are crucial to Ontario's future and will
ensure Ontarians have the communities and quality of life they want and
    "We are very pleased that Ontario's planning community has recognized the
significance of the Greenbelt Plan and its role in protecting some of our most
precious environmental resources," said John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal
Affairs and Housing. "It is very satisfying that both the Greenbelt and Growth
Plans are being given these awards as they are integral pieces of the McGuinty
government's comprehensive approach to building better communities and
protecting our environment."
    "We can think of no other recipients as deserving of this award," said
Gary Davidson, President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
"Generations of Ontarians will benefit from these plans, and we applaud the
government's vision and leadership in their creation."
    Established in 1986, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute is the
recognized voice of the province's planning profession and provides vision and
leadership on key planning issues. The institute's more than 2,700 members are
employed by government, private industry, agencies, and academic institutions.
They work in a wide variety of fields, including urban and rural community
development, urban design, environment, transportation, health and social
services, housing, and economic development.
    "As the mayor of Canada's sixth largest city, I understand the critical
need for growth management in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. I applaud the
province of Ontario for taking the time and investing the energy to get things
right," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.
    Both plans are multiple award winners, having previously been recognized
by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Additionally, the Growth Plan for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe was recognized by the American Planning Association
with the prestigious Daniel Burnham Award, a first for a jurisdiction from
outside of the United States. Earlier this year, the Environmental
Commissioner of Ontario presented the Government of Ontario and the Niagara
Escarpment Commission with a special award for the Greenbelt.
    The Ontario Professional Planners Institute will present the Excellence
in Planning Awards at its annual conference on October 4, 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Patti Munce, Minister Gerretsen's Office, (416)
585-6333; Amy Tang, Minister Caplan's Office, (416) 325-4048; Loretta Ryan,
Ontario Professional Planners Institute, (416) 669-8469; Audrey Bennett,
Provincial Planning Policy Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,
(416) 585-6014; Anne Dunderdale, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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