Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation

Overview

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) supports the preservation of farmland and water resources through advocating for provincial land use policy. OFA and its affiliated county federations of agriculture have long established interests in land use planning and advocating for the protection of agriculture as the highest and best use of our province’s arable land. Land capable of supporting agricultural activity ensures a safe, sustainable supply of food, fuel and fibre for Ontario.

OFA signed a pair of pledges with the Food and Water First initiative and the Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) in an effort to further support the commitment to protect and preserve Ontario’s productive farmland and water resources. OFA understands the importance of productive land and clean water to a farmer’s livelihood which is why the organization continues to make every effort to preserve the land and water that will sustain us now and for future generations.

Ontario farmers are proud to cultivate some of the most fertile and productive soils in the world and OFA fervently believes that all Ontarians benefit from the economic and environmental benefits productive land and water bring to our province.

OFA has a proud history of working with like-minded organizations on research, education and policy development to further strengthen and protect Ontario farmland. Without the preservation of farmland and water resources, there won’t be a future for food, fibre or fuel production in Ontario.

Sub Issues

OFA Fact Sheets

OFA Consolidated Land Use Policy
(February 18, 2015)

Line Fences Act
(September 30, 2011)


Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission on proposed Conservation Authorities Act amendments
(June 29, 2017)

OFA submission to OMAFRA's Farms Forever Consultation
(June 29, 2017)

OFA submission on excess soil management regulatory proposal
(June 23, 2017)

OFA comments on the proposed integrated province-wide cycling network
(May 12, 2017)

OFA letter regarding proposed changes of fees and royalties under the Aggregate Resources Act
(April 21, 2017)


Additional Information

Agricultural System FAQ
(August 30, 2017)

Greater Golden Horseshoe Natural Heritage System and Agricultural System Consultations
(July 12, 2017)

Supporting Agricultural Growth in your Municipality
(March 9, 2016)

Farmland at risk: How better land use planning could help ensure a healthy future for agriculture in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
(November 20, 2015)

Farmland Rental Agreement Conditions Survey Report
(March 27, 2015)


News

Don’t pave over prime farmland
(May 31, 2013 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

An untimely review of Ontario’s Aggregate Resources Act
(May 11, 2012 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Aggregates Act must preserve farmland and soil for future generations
(May 18, 2012 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Fall agenda fills up with political priorities
(October 17, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Agri-Skills Training)

A united front for farmland preservation
(July 5, 2013 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Environmental)

Research projects offer farmer-made solutions for the sector
(June 21, 2013 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Agri-Food Research, Bioeconomy)

The Ontario Trails Strategy needs work
(October 25, 2013 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property)

Ontario farmers put food and water first
(August 9, 2013 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Vibrant agri-food sector hinges on farmland preservation
(June 20, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Farmland supported in provincial land use recommendations
(December 11, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

OFA pushing for farmland preservation in proposed Rouge National Urban Park
(September 22, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Put farmland first to preserve province’s productivity
(December 16, 2013 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

OFA committed to working with new provincial cabinet
(June 24, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

Now’s the time to renew your OFA membership
(February 6, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Land use plans must put farmland first
(March 5, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Farm politics needs succession planning too
(March 21, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA tracking Greenbelt expansion
(August 1, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

OFA: working for a better year ahead in 2015
(January 9, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

Province hinders farmland preservation in proposed Rouge National Urban Park
(March 20, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Initiative)

OFA survey uncovers lack of long-term farmland investment
(April 10, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property)

OFA: Serve up ag issues to local politicians this summer
(June 19, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA hosts MPPs on the farm for Field Day event
(August 14, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA reviews Ontario’s Conservation Authorities Act
(September 4, 2015 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Environmental)

Joint report calls for changes to provincial land-use policies
(November 24, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

OFA: Review of land use plans starts the process of farmland preservation
(May 27, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

OFA: Three things we want to see in the provincial budget
(January 22, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Farm Property, Health Care, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Taxation, Farm Income, Transportation, Open for Business , Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

Easements are voluntary in Supporting Ontario Trails Act
(February 19, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property)

Economic analysis to guide land use policies?
(February 5, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation)

Diversified agri-food sector to drive northern growth
(July 14, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Beginning Farmer Programming, Transportation, Local Food, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

OFA advocacy update at the halfway point of the Liberal mandate
(June 17, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Farm Property, Environmental, Energy, Waste Management, Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA responds to proposed Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act
(May 13, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property)

What’s more important than Farms Forever?
(May 12, 2017 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Beginning Farmer Programming, Local Food)


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