MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

Simcoe County, Township of Tiny, Town of Wasaga Beach, Town of Collingwood, Greater Golden Horseshoe


This paper examines the impact of growth controls on the finances of local government. It focuses on the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the growth controls imposed through the Growth Plan upon the County of Simcoe and the local municipal governments within the boundaries of the County of Simcoe. The impact of growth controls is analyzed using a detailed analysis of three sample municipalities, which include the Township of Tiny, a rural municipality, the Town of Wasaga Beach, a high growth municipality, and the Town of Collingwood, a high growth municipality designated for population intensification. The findings demonstrate that the growth controls of the Provincial Growth Plan may have a minimal effect upon municipal finances, and the true measure of that effect is concealed within factors that have a higher prevalence for affecting municipal finances, such as the current high growth financial management practices, the cost of replacing aging infrastructure, and a high seasonal population.