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Vaughan is Growing and Evolving

The City of Vaughan’s communities are constantly growing and changing. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of 341,600 people and 240,200 jobs in 2021. Over the next three decades, Vaughan will become home to 227,100 more people, bringing the total population to 568,700 people. Vaughan will also provide nearly 111,800 more jobs bringing the total employment to 352,000 jobs. This expected growth will account for almost one third of the region’s growth to 2051. It is important the City plans for new growth in a way that is strategic, thoughtful, appropriate and aligned with what our residents and businesses value most.

What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic planning document that establishes a policy framework to guide the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the city. It is a document that:

  • Implements goals, objectives and land use policies to serve the city's communities
  • Directs density, housing supply, protection of environmental features and agricultural areas, cultural heritage preservation and more
  • Guides growth and development to implement the vision for the city's long-term evolution

Updating the Vaughan Official Plan

The Vaughan Official Plan 2010 contains a vision for the future that stresses responsible governance, sustainable planning, economic leadership, transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. This vision has guided Vaughan’s growth and development over the past decade.

It is now time to update the Official Plan through the Official Plan Review to better meet the needs of current and future citizens, workers and visitors. The updated Official Plan must conform with new Provincial policies and plans, including the Provincial Policy Statement, Greenbelt Plan, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and 2051 growth targets for people and jobs. It must also conform with the York Region Official Plan currently being updated through the York Region Municipal Comprehensive Review.

The Official Plan Review will follow a principled approach rooted in environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic development to plan for complete communities and guide the city’s growth for the next 30 years and beyond.


The Official Plan Review Process

The new Official Plan will contain an updated vision for the future stated through goals and policies. The Official Plan Review process will occur in four phases and will include community engagement throughout.

Phase 1: Visioning and Background Review

Phase 1 involves the development of a community-based vision and goals through community participation on activities on this page and through webinars and events.

The City looks forward to hearing your answers to questions such as:

  • What's your vision for Vaughan?
  • What should Vaughan's goals be for the future?

Phase 1 also involves research into seven key topics shown as icons below.

The icons represent the background paper focus areas. They are, residential growth, employment land uses, agriculture system, commercial use, urban design and sustainable development, climate change and natural heritage

A team of experts in these topic areas are completing research and will share their findings with the community through topic-based webinars and through activities on this page. Engagement on the Background Papers will follow our collaboration on the community-based vision.

Phase 2: Policy Development

Phase 2 involves the development of new policies and the new Draft Official Plan, informed by engagement events such as public open houses and city-wide town halls (dates to be announced).

Phase 3: Official Plan Adoption

Phase 3 involves revisions to the new Draft Official Plan, the statutory public open houses and statutory public meeting (dates to be announced), and Council adoption of the new Official Plan.

Phase 4: Official Plan Approval

Phase 4 involves the submission of the new Official Plan to York Region for approval, Project completion and final approval of the new Official Plan.


Get Inspired; Get Involved!

We want to hear from you! The feedback you provide will help us identify your needs and priorities as the City continues to engage with the community in a way that is open, transparent, accessible and inclusive. There are many ways for you to get involved in the Official Plan Review and share your feedback that will help inform the updated Official Plan.

Below you will find activities that you can participate in. The tools and questions will change as the project progresses and as we learn more about the community's needs and interests, so check-in often and tell us what you think!

The City is committed to reporting back to the community on what we heard throughout each phase of work (see the "Project Timeline" to the right). You can access these reports as they become available on this page. More information can be found on this page, through vaughan.ca/OPR, by following the City's social media updates or by signing up to receive updates - see the sign up feature on this home page!

Have a say in Vaughan's future. With your active participation in the Official Plan Review, you can help ensure the City we call home will continue to rank as one of the best places to live, work, learn and play in Canada!




Vaughan is Growing and Evolving

The City of Vaughan’s communities are constantly growing and changing. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of 341,600 people and 240,200 jobs in 2021. Over the next three decades, Vaughan will become home to 227,100 more people, bringing the total population to 568,700 people. Vaughan will also provide nearly 111,800 more jobs bringing the total employment to 352,000 jobs. This expected growth will account for almost one third of the region’s growth to 2051. It is important the City plans for new growth in a way that is strategic, thoughtful, appropriate and aligned with what our residents and businesses value most.

What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic planning document that establishes a policy framework to guide the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the city. It is a document that:

  • Implements goals, objectives and land use policies to serve the city's communities
  • Directs density, housing supply, protection of environmental features and agricultural areas, cultural heritage preservation and more
  • Guides growth and development to implement the vision for the city's long-term evolution

Updating the Vaughan Official Plan

The Vaughan Official Plan 2010 contains a vision for the future that stresses responsible governance, sustainable planning, economic leadership, transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. This vision has guided Vaughan’s growth and development over the past decade.

It is now time to update the Official Plan through the Official Plan Review to better meet the needs of current and future citizens, workers and visitors. The updated Official Plan must conform with new Provincial policies and plans, including the Provincial Policy Statement, Greenbelt Plan, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and 2051 growth targets for people and jobs. It must also conform with the York Region Official Plan currently being updated through the York Region Municipal Comprehensive Review.

The Official Plan Review will follow a principled approach rooted in environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic development to plan for complete communities and guide the city’s growth for the next 30 years and beyond.


The Official Plan Review Process

The new Official Plan will contain an updated vision for the future stated through goals and policies. The Official Plan Review process will occur in four phases and will include community engagement throughout.

Phase 1: Visioning and Background Review

Phase 1 involves the development of a community-based vision and goals through community participation on activities on this page and through webinars and events.

The City looks forward to hearing your answers to questions such as:

  • What's your vision for Vaughan?
  • What should Vaughan's goals be for the future?

Phase 1 also involves research into seven key topics shown as icons below.

The icons represent the background paper focus areas. They are, residential growth, employment land uses, agriculture system, commercial use, urban design and sustainable development, climate change and natural heritage

A team of experts in these topic areas are completing research and will share their findings with the community through topic-based webinars and through activities on this page. Engagement on the Background Papers will follow our collaboration on the community-based vision.

Phase 2: Policy Development

Phase 2 involves the development of new policies and the new Draft Official Plan, informed by engagement events such as public open houses and city-wide town halls (dates to be announced).

Phase 3: Official Plan Adoption

Phase 3 involves revisions to the new Draft Official Plan, the statutory public open houses and statutory public meeting (dates to be announced), and Council adoption of the new Official Plan.

Phase 4: Official Plan Approval

Phase 4 involves the submission of the new Official Plan to York Region for approval, Project completion and final approval of the new Official Plan.


Get Inspired; Get Involved!

We want to hear from you! The feedback you provide will help us identify your needs and priorities as the City continues to engage with the community in a way that is open, transparent, accessible and inclusive. There are many ways for you to get involved in the Official Plan Review and share your feedback that will help inform the updated Official Plan.

Below you will find activities that you can participate in. The tools and questions will change as the project progresses and as we learn more about the community's needs and interests, so check-in often and tell us what you think!

The City is committed to reporting back to the community on what we heard throughout each phase of work (see the "Project Timeline" to the right). You can access these reports as they become available on this page. More information can be found on this page, through vaughan.ca/OPR, by following the City's social media updates or by signing up to receive updates - see the sign up feature on this home page!

Have a say in Vaughan's future. With your active participation in the Official Plan Review, you can help ensure the City we call home will continue to rank as one of the best places to live, work, learn and play in Canada!



  • Apply to join the Vaughan Official Plan Review - Community Working Group

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    You're invited; apply to join the Community Working Group!
    The City of Vaughan invites you to apply for an exciting opportunity to join the Vaughan Official Plan Review - Community Working Group (CWG) as a volunteer member. CWG members will provide community input and insight into the Vaughan Official Plan Review.

    What is the role of the CWG volunteer members?
    The CWG will be made up of representatives from the community, each with unique contributing perspectives, insights and information to the Project. Although the CWG will not have any decision-making authority, the feedback provided will be closely considered and will help inform the updated Vaughan Official Plan. Members will be encouraged to help spread the news on upcoming public events related to the Official Plan Review through their networks. It is expected that the Official Plan Review will be completed in approximately two years.

    How do I apply to Join?
    If you are interested in this opportunity to have your voice heard in the Official Plan Review process, please fill out the application form found in the Document Library on the right hand side of this webpage. Completed applications should be sent to oprmanager@vaughan.ca by November 5, 2021.

    How do I learn more?
    Get inspired; Get Involved! Visit vaughan.ca/OPR to learn more about this and other exciting opportunities to have your say in the Vaughan Official Plan Review. Alternatively, you may contact Fausto Filipetto, Senior Manager of Policy Planning and Sustainability, at oprmanager@vaughan.ca or 905-832-8585 ext. 8699.


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