May 14, 2012, saw OFT presenting comments on the Aggregate Resources Act Review to the Standing Committee on General Government at Queen’s Park, again highlighting the need to balance protection of Ontario’s rich and dwindling agricultural land resources with the protection of mineral aggregate resources. Final recommendations from OFT were submitted to the Province in July 2012.
Currently, extraction of aggregate materials (limestone, sand, gravel, etc.) is given priority over all other land uses in Ontario, including agriculture, in the Provincial Policy Statement and the Aggregate Resources Act. We hope that new policy directions will emerge that seek to prioritize protection and rehabilitation of prime agricultural lands while also planning for aggregate.