Urban Development & The Green Belt

Lesson Objectives:

By the end of this lesson I will be able to answer these three questions:

1) How is urban sprawl impacting Southern Ontario?

2) What is the Green Belt?

3) Why is the Green Belt important to Southern Ontario?

Which Image Matches Where You Want To Live As An Adult?

Four Corners

Think about which one of the images below match the location and type of house you want to have when you are living on your own. Move to the corner of the room that matches your ideal house and share your reasons with your classmates.
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Record theses key terms in your notebook:

Green Belt

Population Density





Urban Sprawl

Where Are People Moving In Southern Ontario?

Projected Population Increase 2006-2035:
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What three cities are going to grow the most?

Why is Brampton expected to grow, while Mississauga is not?

Why are cities outside of Toronto growing so fast?

Brief History of Urbanization in Canada

Compare The Two Images

How are people traveling in Toronto in the 1920's? Describe the way the street and city look.

What is different about the image from present time?

Queen & Yonge 1920's

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Yonge Street Present Time

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Urban Sprawl is Consuming Our Farmland

How is Southern Ontario Dealing With Urban Sprawl?

The Green Belt

The Greenbelt was established in 2005, as a way to protect the rural areas surrounding The Greater Golden Horse from further urban expansion. The Greenbelt is a 1.8 million acre stretch of protected land. This land extends 325 kilometers from Northumberland County, east of Toronto, all the way to the Niagara River, southwest of Toronto. This area provides Ontarians with fresh, local food, clean drinking water and many recreational activities. The Greenbelt is a very important contributor to Ontario’s economy, providing $9.1 billion dollars in revenue and 161,000 full time jobs (Greenbelt, 2014).
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The Golden Horseshoe

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is home to Canada’s largest urban center. This is a region that wraps around the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, from Niagara Falls, extending to Northumberland County. The region is home to more than 8.4 million Canadians, and is expected to grow to 11 million by the year 2031 (Greenbelt, 2014).

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