Great Lakes Fact Sheet #11: Urban Sprawl

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PublishedMarch 10, 2013

Land Use and Transportation
What does urban sprawl mean for the Great Lakes region?

More Canadians than ever are living in cities. Urban sprawl refers to low-density, primarily residential development on previously undeveloped or agricultural land on the edge of a city. The 2011 census showed that more than 80 per cent of the country’s population are urban dwellers – a historic high. The Great Lakes Basin contains some of the fastest growing communities in the country, making land use planning decisions key to the region’s future and the health of the lakes.