In 1995, Ontario Premier Bob Rae formed the Golden Commission, chaired by Anne Golden <NEED UPDATED BIO>. The purpose of the commission was to examine issues and make recommendations concerning the future of the Toronto region. In 1996, the commission produced Report of the GTA Task Force. The report gained a nickname: “The Golden Report.”
Though the solutions proposed in the report were never implemented due to a change in government, the report remains acclaimed for its visionary policy proposals, which were aimed at uniting the Toronto region as one economic unit.
The Golden Report recommended solutions to deteriorating infrastructure, inequalities in development between the core and the suburbs, and low-density growth putting strain on transit and other public services. These took the form of reforms to government structure, tax policy, municipal spending and regional planning. It recognized the need to build a vibrant urban core, decrease economic competition in the region and promote social sustainability.