TEMPLATE Letter for Members to Use to Submit Responses to ERO Posting on Growth Plan

February 13, 2019 at 1:50 PM

The government has submitted a proposal to make Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017.

OSSGA has made the point to the government that the current policy framework is not working.  Approvals for new mineral aggregate operations in Southern Ontario are taking up to 10 years to complete the process.  There are too many overlapping policies and inconsistent approaches between the Provincial Plans, Regional Official Plans, Local Official Plans and Conservation Authority policies regarding the management of this essential non-renewable resource.

One of the proposed revisions to the Growth Plan will exacerbate this problem. The proposed amendment to the Growth Plan includes the following new policy (

Provincial mapping of the Natural Heritage System for the Growth Plan does not apply until it has been implemented in the applicable upper- or single-tier official plan. Until that time, the policies in this Plan that refer to the Natural Heritage System for the Growth Plan will apply outside settlement areas to the natural heritage systems identified in official plans that were approved and in effect as of July 1, 2017.

This policy essentially provides municipalities the ability to use existing and future Natural Heritage System mapping to prohibit new mineral aggregate operations and this will undermine the provincial interest in protecting the resource and ensuring it is available close to market.


PLEASE see OSSGA’s Growth Plan Submission – as well as the template letter that you can use to send in your own letter VOICING YOUR CONCERNS.

The more submissions that are received on this issue, the stronger our collective voice will be.

The deadline to submit the letter is February 28th.  Also attached are OSSGA’s comments on the Growth Plan. 


Letters can be submitted via a link on the ERO 013_4505 and by mail and then submitted to the cc's in the letter via email and mail to the following:


Ontario Growth Secretariat

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

777 Bay Street

23rd Floor, Suite 2304

Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

On-line comment submission Link: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4504 


Jae Truesdell, Policy Advisor, Planning, Zoning and Development

Minister's Office

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

College Park 17th Flr, 777 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

Email: Jae.Truesdell@ontario.ca


Cordelia Clarke Julien, Assistant Deputy Minister

Ontario Growth Secretariat

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

College Park 23rd Flr Suite 2304, 777 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

Email: Cordelia.ClarkeJulien@ontario.ca


Ala Boyd, Director, Natural Resources Conservation Policy Branch

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

2nd Flr S, 300 Water St, Peterborough, ON K9J 3C7

Email: ala.boyd@ontario.ca


Jake Sikora, Senior Policy Advisor and Stakeholder Relations

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630, 99 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1W3

Email: Jake.Sikora@ontario.ca


Norm Cheesman, Executive Director


To read OSSGA's Growth Plan Submission, click here.

To download the letter template, click here.