Efficiency (agricultural land)

The generally poor  history of agricultural land protection in Canada suggests that integrated, multi-tool approaches are required.  In general, an integrated approach needs urban growth boundaries, protective zoning and economic incentives to assure the viability of farming.  To make this a reality, municipalities need integrated, coordinated plans and provinces have to equip them with the tools to implement those plans properly.

Strengthen language in existing legislation

Amend municipal land use and growth plans to reflect strengthened language and a wider range of tools

Increase provincial oversight of municipal activities to ensure compliance and impose penalties for non-compliance

Agricultural land protection priority skills development for planners

Agricultural impact assessments by municipalities

Includes assessment of natural areas that provide ecological services to agriculture, eg. wetlands, forests, buffer areas.

Modify right to farm legislation and municipal by-laws, and improving Edge Planning tools to minimize farm / non-farm conflicts

Protect urban spaces for commercial production

  • agricultural urbanism
  • community-based farm districts
  • Development cost charges to purchase agricultural land within urban boundaries
  • Agricultural enterprise zones
  • Producers required to follow sustainable practices

Improved monitoring of processes negatively affecting agricultural land

Municipalities must be legally required to report on agricultural land conversions and fragmentation.