Impact of Urbanization on Water Resources

The Greater Golden Horseshoe’s water resource systems are critically important for communities throughout the region. These systems provide us with clean drinking water. They also support agricultural viability, ecosystem health, climate change mitigation, including reducing flood risks — and much more.

In the next 25 years, the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s population is forecasted to grow by approximately 50% or more than 4 million people. This growth will place tremendous pressure on our water resources.

Ontario has already taken action to protect these resources. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan work together to help protect our water systems. We recently completed a Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review of these plans which resulted in stronger protections for water.

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