Boomtown in the Backyard - Suburban Growth in Ontario
Toronto - Anyone who has driven along highway 401, in or out of any city centre in southern Ontario, is all too familiar with the sight of suburbia. Fields of houses sprout up every year and it can appear as though the only growth outside of the metropolises of Toronto and Ottawa is happening on the fringe. In fact, the first releases of the 2011 National Census indicate that Milton (northeast of Oakville, along the 401) has twice been named the fastest growing community in the country, yet a simple drive-by confirms that Milton is growing out, not up. In this Insight, the MPI is exploring how much truth lies behind the idea that Ontario is all about sprawl.