October 28, 2010
Ontario is helping ensure families in the Simcoe area enjoy livable communities and strong economic growth over the next 20 years.
The Simcoe area is growing. By 2031 the population is forecast to be 667,000 people. In addition, 73,300 new jobs are forecast for the Simcoe area between today and 2031. The province is proposing to help support the expected growth in the area by:
The government is seeking feedback on these proposed changes. Interested parties and individuals are invited to share their comments by January 31, 2011. Opportunities to comment on the proposed changes will ensure that today's Simcoe area residents have a chance to make their voices heard.
The proposed changes are part of the Open Ontario plan to help create jobs, limit sprawl and strengthen municipalities in the Simcoe area. They will also protect the environment and reduce the pressure on local natural areas and agricultural land.
“The proposed amendment seeks to implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while balancing the diverse needs of Simcoe County and local municipalities in such a way that all residents may realize the benefits of future growth. At the same time, the proposed amendment will protect the environment from the potentially harmful effects of unmanaged growth.”
- Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
“Through the proposed amendment, the province has taken a leadership role in ensuring a strong, livable and prosperous Simcoe now, and for generations to come.”
- Aileen Carroll, MPP for Barrie
“I am very encouraged by the Government’s release of the Proposed Amendment. Acting now will ensure that we grow in a sustainable manner that protects our valuable resources and preserves the quality of life we enjoy in Simcoe County.”
-- Michael MacEachern, Mayor of New Tecumseth
“We are pleased to see that many of the County’s comments on the Vision paper have been incorporated in the Province's proposed amendment. We feel there is more work to be done but we look forward to participating and moving ahead. “
-- Cal Patterson, Warden of Simcoe County