Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector contributes $39.5 billion to Ontario’s economy and supports 822,483 jobs from field to fork. While providing an adequate supply of housing is critical, provincial policies that threaten our agriculture and agri-food sector’s ability to prosper and grow are short-sighted and counterproductive.
OFA categorically disagrees that inadequate land supply is the problem. Three decades of provincial planning have mandated that municipalities have a 20-year supply of developable lands within their urban boundaries. This letter also includes OFA’s positions on current provincial policies and land use planning tools, such as the Agricultural System, the Natural Heritage System, the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement and Agricultural Impact Assessments.