Guelph’s Growth Management Strategy

Shaping Guelph’s Future

Guelph is among the top 20 fastest growing cities in Ontario. The Province of Ontario recently updated its plan for managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (the Growth Plan). It’s now time for Guelph to update our strategy for future growth and our Official Plan to comply with Provincial requirements.

Guelph needs to plan to meet provincial growth forecasts of a population of 191,000 and 101,000 jobs by 2041. How we meet those forecasts is up to us. Growth doesn’t mean putting high-rise apartment buildings in every neighbourhood; thoughtful planning will identify the right growth for all areas of the city so that Guelph can attract new residents, businesses and services that add to our community. Planning how and where we grow helps us create a people-oriented city full of essential amenities, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving community hubs and an interconnected transportation network. We need your help to ensure that we develop a Guelph-made approach to accommodate this growth.


Q1 and Q2 2020

  • Review vision and principles for growth

Q1 to Q3 2020

  • Residential intensification analysis

Q1 to Q3 2020

  • Employment lands strategy

Q3 and Q4 2020

  • Housing analysis and strategy

Q4 2020 and Q1 2021

  • Growth scenario planning and infrastructure needs/costs analysis

Q1 and Q2 2021

  • Growth Management Strategy

This timeline is subject to change.

Background and documents

Community Engagement

For more information

Natalie Goss, Senior Policy Planner
Planning and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 3548
Jason Downham, Planner II, Policy and Analytics
Planning and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2262