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Complete Communities

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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.

EcoSpark's Growing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is intended to increase awareness and understanding of growth planning among teachers and students. By promoting and supporting the concept of complete communities in formal education, young people will be informed, engaged and active in how our communities mature and grow now and into the future. 

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)



The 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. 

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

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

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