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Understanding Land Use Policy

November 13, 2019

Policy can be a really effective tool for farmland protection. However, to be effective, policies need to be strong and they need to work together. That is why the Ontario Farmland Trust regularly gives feedback on changes that are proposed to Provincial policies that impact farmland. Policies are like cogs in a big ‘Farmland Protection...

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OFT recently reviewed and provided several recommendations to strengthen the policies within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s proposed amendments to the Aggregate Resources Act. All mineral aggregate operations in Ontario are subject to the Aggregate Resources Act. The Act regulates extractive activities of aggregate within Ontario, and outlines what best management practices should...

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News from the Field

October 7, 2019

We recently had the pleasure of visiting 12 farm properties in Bruce County that OFT is working towards protecting. Staff attend many site visits in preparation for completing an easement (meeting with the landowners, surveyor, appraiser, etc.), and we then complete annual site visits every year thereafter. But, having the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the work...

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OFT recently reviewed and provided several recommendations to strengthen the policies within the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014. The Provincial Policy Statement provides policy direction on many topics in Ontario including land use planning and development. As this document sets the foundation for all development and...

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Have you ever wondered how easement agreements began in Canada? Why did they emerge and what events propelled them into legislation? Well, the simple answer is Canada has a long history working towards land preservation. The Farmland Easement Agreement, used by the Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT), is one type of conservation easement (CE) instrument available...

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We are excited to announce that we have permanently protected our 14th and 15th farms in Ontario! In early August, Ontario Farmland Trust registered easements on the Copeland Farm and the Robson Farm, bringing our total protected area to over 1,400 acres! Protecting these farms has brought us one step closer to achieving our mission of...

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Stories from the Field

August 12, 2019

With another summer wrapping up, it’s time to say farewell to the fantastic summer students who joined us this year and reflect on the past three months. Even though Emma and Connor only joined us for the summer, they were a huge part of the team and jumped straight to action! Starting during week one, they hit the...

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Hello! Connor and Emma here, summer students at the Ontario Farmland Trust. You might have seen us at your local farmers’ market over the past month. We’re lucky to be able to travel around Southern Ontario and talk to community members like you about farmland loss, and how it affects all of us. While at...

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OFT is pleased to announce that we were awarded an honourable mention for the Excellence in Agriculture Awards. “Ontario’s agri-food sector is a driving force for innovation and economic growth in our province,” said Hardeman. “I commend Ontario Farmland Trust for their important work in protecting our province’s farmland and ensuring Ontario’s agricultural future is...

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On Wednesday June 19th the Ontario Farmland Trust hosted its Annual General Meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The meeting was overseen by Board Chair Bernard Pope, Secretary Megan Mills, and Treasurer Spencer MacDonald. After a greeting and introduction by the Board Members, Bernard began the meeting with a message regarding the important role...

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