Archive: Land Use Planning

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 our Care for Endangered Species

The government of Ontario has proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, 2007, updating  it to reflect current public priorities. The changes are extensive and have drawn many responses from the public and various organizations, including the CFFO. In our response, CFFO focused on the government’s intent to “streamline approvals and provide clarity to support…

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…

Planning for Growth in Ontario

Last month, the Ontario Growth Secretariat of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing hosted a Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Planning Stakeholder Forum. The meeting brought together over 200 representatives of organizations with an interest in managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario was represented at one of dozens…

Ontario’s High Speed Rail

Last year, the premier of Ontario announced plans to build a high speed rail system across Southern Ontario. The plan consists of two phases which, when completed, will connect Windsor to Toronto through Chatham, London, Kitchener, and Guelph. According to the Ministry of Transportation, Phase One (from Toronto to London) is set for completion by…