Provincial / territorial

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Provincial Policy Statement, Under the Planning Act.   Most recently updated in 2020.  Municipal land use and zoning regulations must be consistent withe PPS and provincial legislation.

Policy 1.1.1;
“Healthy, livable and safe communities are sustained by; ensuring that necessary infrastructure and public service facilities are or will be available to meet current and projected needs”.

Policy 1.7.1;
“sustaining and enhancing the viability of the agricultural system through protecting agricultural resources, minimizing land use conflicts, providing opportunities to support local food, and maintaining and improving the agri- food network”.

Section “In prime agricultural areas, all types, sizes and intensities of agricultural uses and normal farm practices shall be promoted and protected in accordance with provincial standards” .

Also under the PPS is the the Minimum Distance Separation Formulae (MDS). It establishes setbacks for new developments from farms, including existing livestock facilities (MDS I), and setbacks for new livestock facilities from existing developments (MDS II)

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Growth plan for GGH. Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure. (2013, June 10). Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2016, from

The Neptis Foundation. (2015, March 20). Understanding the Fundamentals of the Growth Plan. Retrieved March 29, 2016, from

Niagara Escarpment Commission. (2015, October 1). The Niagara Escarpment Plan. Retrieved March 28, 2016, from


Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. (2002, April 22). Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Retrieved March 28, 2016, from

Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. (2005, February 28). The Greenbelt Plan. Retrieved March 30, 2016, from