Ontario’s municipalities are catching on to smart growth. The real leaders get it: smart growth costs less to maintain, and it can create healthy communities and local economies as well.Leadership is worth celebrating:
- The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation has put together a resource called The Complete Streets Catalogue: Understanding Complete Streets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Regionfeaturing projects from 19 municipalities that reflect the diversity of Complete Street approaches being implemented by municipalities across the region.
- The Canadian Urban Institute hosts an annual Urban Leadership Awards to recognize City Soul, City Champion, Global City and Innovation, Prosperity and Renewal and Youth. The Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award and the David Crombie Award are the programs signature awards.
- Walk Friendly Ontario recognizes municipalities that are creating and improving spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements
- Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.
- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Awards offers national recognition for projects that demonstrate environmental responsibility and excellence.
- We believe Ontario needs an overall Smart Growth award to recognize an integrated and consistent approach to implementing smart growth principles.
Sprawl still rules in some parts of the province, and many of our members are pressing for stronger local plans and fighting bad development proposals.
- If you are looking for help on a local issue, search our member directory by municipality.
- to find out more about how to appeal a development decision, look at the factsheets on the Ontario Municipal Board website.
- If you are looking for an organization with legal experience, contact the Canadian Environmental Law Association (a legal aid clinic), or EcoJustice.