Ontario Celebrates Second Major Award For Growth Plan

    Canadian Institute of Planners Honours Growth Plan For Greater Golden

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has won a Canadian
Institute of Planners award for its Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
Horseshoe, Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan announced
today. This follows the American Planning Association's prestigious Daniel
Burnham Award that was presented to the province in Philadelphia last Tuesday.
    "I'm honoured that Ontario is being recognized nationally and
internationally as a leader in urban planning," said Caplan, the minister
responsible for the plan. "Long-term growth planning in the Greater Golden
Horseshoe, along with environmental initiatives, such as the Greenbelt plan,
is crucial to Ontario's future and will ensure Ontarians have the communities
and quality of life they want and deserve."
    The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe has won the Canadian
Institute of Planners' Award for Planning Excellence in the category of
Re-urbanization. The award is given to an innovative initiative that enhances
the social, economic and environmental well being of a community.
    The awards will be presented on June 5, 2007 during the Canadian
Institute of Planners' annual conference in Quebec City.
    "The winning project is certainly deserving of recognition by the
Canadian Institute of Planners," said Chair of the Planning Excellence Jury
Gary Willson. "It highlights the significant care that Canadians have for
their natural and built environments and the unique, increasingly
sophisticated ways in which they want to express this."
    The government also won an award in the category of Environmental
Planning for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Greenbelt plan,
which permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural and
environmentally sensitive land in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    The growth plan outlines the government's long-term vision for Canada's
most populous and fastest-growing region. The focus of the plan is to create
complete, livable communities, with a greater mix of housing, parks,
businesses and services and greater transportation choice. The plan sets clear
standards for growth and development, while giving local governments the
flexibility they need to meet their local priorities.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048;
Lori Theoret, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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