Archive: Farmland Protection

Ontario’s Provincial Land Use Policy: Who Wins?

This week, CFFO submitted comments on government-proposed changes to Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). The Provincial Policy Statement directs municipal land use planning and guides municipal land development for all of Ontario. It was last updated in 2014. This new review suggests a marked shift in priority when it comes to land use planning. Expanding…

The 2019 Federal Election: Party Platforms and Issues in Agriculture

With the federal election happening on Monday, now is an important time to review party platforms. Farmers will find that each of Canada’s leading federal parties have made promises that will affect them directly. Here, CFFO offers a very brief overview: The Conservative Party of Canada The Conservatives promise to invest in rural Canada by…

Land Use Writ Large: Changes to Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement

Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement is currently under review. The Provincial Policy Statement directs land use planning and guides municipal development for all of Ontario. Changes to the Policy Statement will impact the future of agriculture. This September, the CFFO is focusing on the Provincial Policy Statement review during our annual Stewardship & Policy Committee series.…

Adjusting the Balance

The concept of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a convenient short form for considering the infinite number of combinations of social, environmental and economic choices we might make in seeking to achieve our greatest wellbeing. We are forced to choose a TBL balance because we can’t have all we want. We face scarcity, so…

Fighting for Farmland

This week the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) responded to four proposals by the Province to alter the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. The proposals are aimed at increasing the supply and affordability of housing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), creating more jobs and attracting business. The Province is proposing…

Keeping our Eyes on the Prize: CFFO Provincial Pre-Budget Recommendations for Investing in Long-Term Sustainability

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario has weighed in on the next provincial budget this week with three major recommendations to Finance Minister Vic Fideli: (1) to provide provincial leadership for tax reform, (2) to invest in modern planning tools that will equip the government for making decisions that can generate both prosperity and sustainable…

Can the New Food Guide Dish up Good Agri-food Policy?

The release of Canada’s Food Guide on January 22 was, predictably, followed by hot debate. The Food Guide has a long history of being contentious, and although government asserts that the newest version is based on science, which some debate, critics seem more concerned about its wider societal implications. The 2007 version was criticized as…

The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy

Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people). There is no confirmed release date…

Ontario Puts a New Government to Work

Ontarians voted for change on June 7th, with a strong outcome. The province has given the reigns to the PC party to steer the ship for the next four years. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) offers congratulations to newly elected Premier Doug Ford and to the Progressive Conservative Party that will form Ontario’s…

Political Will Necessary for Farmland Preservation

This May, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on farmland preservation. CFFO district leaders across the province reached out to candidates and local media to voice concerns about the…