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Complete Communities Resources


Teachers! Wondering how to teach climate change, sustainability and complete communities in your classroom?

Neptis Foundatio's map of the GGHEcoSpark's new curriculum-linked resource, Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, helps you do just that! Learn about sustainable growth where you and your students live, work and play as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Learn what makes this region so important from its natural and agricultural systems to its cultural heritage and its contribution to the economy.

The GGH is a region in southern Ontario and just like its name is shaped like a horseshoe. Home to 9 million people, it's one of the fastest growing regions in North America! With the GGH's population expected to rise to 13.5 million by 2041, regional growh planning is needed to ensure this region is a great place to live with a clean and healthy environment, a strong economy and social equity.

These resources are designed for Grades 7 to 12 Geography and Grades 9 to 11 Science.

  1. Teacher Guide (English): Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  2. Teacher Guide (Français): La croissance dans la région élargie du Golden Horseshoe
  3. Lesson Plans (English): Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  4. Map Stories on the Neptis Geoweb (examples and case studies of the Growth Plan in action)
  5. Webinar Recordings and Powerpoint Slides

 Teacher Guide Cover - Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe in EnglishTeacher Guide Cover - Growing in the Greater Golden Horsehoe in FrenchLeson Plan Cover - Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

*NEW* Three new lesson plans have been added:

  1. Traveling Around Your Community - Grade 9 Geography, Grade 11 Travel and Tourism and Grade 12 World Geography: Students explore transportation patterns and options in the Greater Golden Horseshoe using the Neptis Geoweb such as comparing commuting patterns within and between municipalities and travel times between different transportation modes.
  2. Community Demographics - Grade 8, 9 11 and 12 Geography: Students examine demographic inofrmation related to the population in the Greater Golden Horseshoe using the Neptis Geoweb such as population growth, age of residents, and percentage of immigrants.
  3. Surface Water Quality and Forest Conditions - Grade 9-12 Science and Grade 7, 8, 11 and 12 Geography: Students investigate the impacts of land use on watersheds in the Greater Golden Horseshoe using the Neptis Geoweb. They will explore water quality and forest health and factors impacting these natural systems.


Screenshot of the Neptis GeowebThe Neptis Geoweb is an interactive mapping and information platform for understanding land use and environmental and transportation planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The online map allows us to see how this region has grown and will continue to grow in the future by helping users visualize the effects of planning policies shaping the GGH.

Map Stories highlight examples, stories and information about development and land use in the GGH. 




These resources would not be possible without support from the Ontario Growth Secretariat at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs through the Places to Grow Implementation Fund.

Ontario Government

We also thank The Neptis Foundation for their in-kind support.

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