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Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 Performance Monitoring Indicators

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Nineteen indicators were used to measure the effectiveness of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 (PPS, 2005) in the key areas of:
  • Building Strong Communities
  • Providing and Maintaining Infrastructure and Public Service Facilities
  • Wise Use and Management of Resources
  • Protecting Public Health and Safety

The indicators helped us to understand how the PPS, 2005 was working and if its objectives were being met.

The indicators and their results are in the PPS, 2005 Performance Monitoring Framework and Indicator Results Report. The report:

  • outlines the initial indicator results, which will set the baseline for future updates
  • provides insights on how some of the objectives of the PPS, 2005 were met
  • provides background information on the five-year review
  • informed the development process for the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014

The indicators were developed by several provincial ministries with an interest in land use planning and in consultation with municipalities, other public bodies and stakeholders. The project was led by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.   

Policy 4.10 of the PPS, 2005 required the government to identify performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of some or all of the statement’s policies. This includes monitoring the implementation of the policies and reviewing the indicators concurrent with any review of the PPS, 2005.

Key Considerations in Developing the PPS, 2005 Indicators

There are inherent limitations in any policy performance monitoring framework. These include:

  • Given the interrelatedness and complexity of the political, social, economic, cultural and environmental influences on the land use planning system, it is sometimes difficult to show that a PPS policy is the cause of a particular outcome. An indicator may therefore be an approximation only and may just indicate certain overall trends.
  • Developing an effective performance monitoring framework depends on ready access to good data and information. Data limitations make it difficult and costly, if not impossible, to give examples of all indicators that may be related to the full range of policy objectives.
  • The outcome of a policy may not become apparent for many years. There may be a time lag between policies developed and implemented today, and their effect on shaping land use planning outcomes.
  • Given different development patterns between southern and northern Ontario, and between large urban centres and small urban and rural areas, some indicators may be more applicable to specific regions of the province.
  • Continuous improvement is a key commitment in the performance monitoring framework. The framework’s initial 19 indicators will be refined and enhanced as new information becomes available and to reflect the PPS, 2014.

Other Monitoring Initiatives

Information from the PPS, 2005 performance monitoring framework will be shared and coordinated with performance monitoring frameworks for the Greenbelt Plan and for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This will add value to these other initiatives and provide a more comprehensive picture of the state of provincial interests.

All of the performance-monitoring initiatives differ from one another in their reporting timeframe, geographic scale, key stakeholders, polices and data availability. Despite this, information sharing and coordination is taking place and there is wide recognition that the policies and plans are inherently inter-related.

For More Information

For technical questions related to the indicators, please contact the ministry responsible for that specific indicator. The list below identifies the policy categories and the ministry responsible for the indicators in that category.

Intensification, Redevelopment and Brownfield Redevelopment
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Provincial Planning Policy Branch
Telephone: 416-585-6014

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Housing Policy Branch
Telephone: 416-585-7544

Sewage and WaterWater
Ministry of the Environment
Land and Water Policy Branch
Telephone: 416-314-6383

Transportation and Transit
Ministry of Transportation
Transportation Planning Branch
Telephone: 416-585-7099

Natural HeritageMinerals, Petroleum and Mineral AggregatesNatural Hazards
Ministry of Natural Resources
Natural Heritage and Land Use Planning Branch
Telephone: 705-755-2560

Ministry of Rural Affairs
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch
Telephone: 519-826-3120