Farmland Policy Development
Land use planning policies in Ontario protect a great deal of farmland, and strengthened policies over time have been successfully slowing the loss of farmland to urban and rural sprawl. The reality, however, is that we continue to lose about 100 acres of farmland, or one farm, every day in Ontario, and we're losing our best, most productive agricutlural soils the fastest. This is unsustainable, and we need to promote improved policy, as well as community-based direct land securement, to make agriculture and farmland protection a top priority across the province.
The Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) works with the province and municipal planners to encourage greater consideration for agriculture and farmland in planning and policy development. Part of this is pursued through education and outreach activities, events and creation of new materials and resources. OFT also makes regular submissions to the province during policy reviews, or participates in public dialogue and debate surrounding issues of farmland loss that are of provincial significance.