Toronto's Lost Report

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.

The Golden Report recognized that Toronto had grown from a city to a metropolis and in 1996 was on the cusp of becoming a city region, encompassing adjacent cities from Hamilton to Oshawa.

Jack DiamondMember of the Golden Commission

Where we are now

Fast-forward to 2018: regional transit is overburdened and underfunded, our cities continue to sprawl outward, development is aimed at investors, and regional governance remains fragmented. Could use some help with this para.

That’s why together with a multi-disciplinary panel of Ryerson faculty members, and Ryerson University Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor Anne Golden, the Ryerson City Building Institute is rebooting The Golden Report.

This project will investigate, through a team of researchers, policy analysts and external advisors, the current situation of the GTHA, addressing present-day issues in the region head-on. 

  • Transit and Tranportation
  • Major Infrastructure
  • Urban development and sprawl
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  • Transit and Tranportation
  • Major Infrastructure
  • Urban development and sprawl
  • Need more bullet points

Toronto has changed enormously since 1996. The city is facing so many unprecedented issues that many now are asking, “isn’t it time for another Golden Report?

Ryerson CBI is currently seeking sponsors for its omnibus Golden Report Redux. Let's Talk