New polling finds 9 in 10 Ontarians want new growth in already built-up areas

In a poll conducted by Environics Research for the Greenbelt Foundation and Environmental Defence, Ontarians were in strong support of policies to support the Growth Plan and protect farmland. 9 in 10 respondents agreed that new growth should be directed to already-built up areas.

Key highlights:
  • 88% support directing growth to already-built up areas
  • 84% support local government incentives to direct growth to main streets, older commercial areas and existing built-up neighbourhoods
  • 73% say developers are building too may single-family homes in suburbia and need to build a greater range and mix of housing options closer to transit and amenities
  • 72% say the Province should only fund transit projects in communities with the housing and job density to support the infrastructure
  • 84% say Yes in My Backyard! to midrise development on main streets if it means better transit, more shops and amenities, and more green space
Read the full results here.

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Environics Polling 2016: Public Opinion on Ontario’s Growth Plan

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New polling shows that 8 in 10 residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe support the Growth Plan and its goals. The most important goal of the Growth Plan identified by respondents was the protection of farmland and sensitive natural areas.

The numbers also showed that 81% of residents support directing the majority of housing and job growth to already built up areas. 

The survey was a joint project of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Environmental Defence.

For a detailed look at the survey results, please click here.

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Ontario Greenbelt Environics Polling 2015

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 Ontario Greenbelt Polling 2015 – 713 KB
Check out regional polling results for DurhamHaltonNiagaraPeel, and York

Recent polling shows that 86 per cent of respondents believe that the boundaries of the world’s largest Greenbelt should be protected from any future urban development. 

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Ontario Greenbelt Environics Polling 2013

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 Ontario Greenbelt Polling 2013 – 2.2 MB

After nine years, support for Ontario's Greenbelt remains strong. Ontarians want to see more land included in the land protection policy according to a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group.

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Ontario Greenbelt Environics Polling 2011

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pdf-icon.png Ontario Greenbelt Polling 2011 – 3.01 MB

Now in its sixth year, support for Ontario’s Greenbelt remains strong according to a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group.

"Red, blue or orange, regardless of political preference, the Greenbelt enjoys great loyalty," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

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Greenbelt Foundation Awareness Measurement 2010

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pdf-icon.pngGreenbelt Awareness Measurement 2010 – 1.13 MB

The 2010 Public Opinion Research summary prepared by Environics. 

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Measuring the Possibilities Greenbelt Public Awareness 2009

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pdf-icon.pngMeasuring the Possibilities Greenbelt Public Awareness 2009 – 796 KB

The 2009 public awareness polling by Environics.

 

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Greenbelt Foundation 2007 Awareness Research

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2007 Environics public opinion polling research.

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Greenbelt Foundation Post-Advertising Campaign Awareness Measurement

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