MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Zack Taylor

Geographical Areas

Greater Golden Horseshoe, Halton, Peel, York, Ontario


In this study, I identify the strategic management factors for successful policy implementation for intensification and infrastructure investment in regional governments. These factors include organizational capacities, administrative leadership within government, and administrative governance. To examine these themes, I employed a qualitative case study analysis to evaluate how certain strategic management factors and processes influence regional government decisions and outcomes related to the prioritization of water and sewer infrastructure investment in intensification areas to comply with the provincial 2006 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The case study uses strategic management theory to help to analyze and explain observed data researched from three regional municipalities: Halton, Peel and York in Ontario, Canada, by evaluating five best management practices recommended by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the National Research Council. My results suggest that there are certain best management practices that support growth management policy and implementation. These results imply that strategic planning, information management, public support and acceptance, innovation for continuous improvement, and prioritization models can be leveraged by regional municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to prioritize water and sewer infrastructure to meet new Growth Plan targets.