What is the Issue?
The CFFO is concerned about the long-term protection of our best farmland for farming.
Why Does It Matter?
Population growth is expected in Ontario, and most people will settle in the same regions that are home to our most productive farmland. Keeping Ontario food secure and finding homes for future residents is a huge challenge.
More than ever, our prime farmland needs to be protected.
What Does CFFO Want?
Stronger protections – CFFO recognizes the need for development but encourages protections for prime farmland facing development pressures—in and beyond the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Province-wide agricultural land-base mapping – Better on-the-ground mapping will help municipal planners incorporate agriculture in their long-term land use planning.
Policy that strengthens our agri-food network – Protecting farmland for farming also means making sure farm businesses and small towns thrive. Farmers need access to input suppliers, feed mills, food processing, veterinarians and other local businesses that support agriculture.
Letters & Submissions
- 2023 Budget Consultations
- Joint Response to A Place to Grow and Provincial Policy Statement
- Review of A Place to Grow and Provincial Policy Statement
- Private Members Bill 27 "Protecting Agricultural Land Act, 2022"
- Conserving Ontario’s Natural Heritage
- Proposed Planning Act Changes in the Proposed More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022
- Protect the Greenbelt
- Recovery Strategies for the Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark
- Ontario Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program
- Joint Letter regarding Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator
- Submission regarding Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator
- Submission regarding Growing the Size of the Greenbelt - Amendments and Urban River Valleys
- Submission regarding Updating the Projection Methodology Guideline
- Submission regarding the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan
- Growing the Size of the Greenbelt
- Joint Letter to Minister Clark re: MZOs
- Enhanced Authority for Minister's Zoning Orders
- Submission regarding Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Submission regarding Proposed Amendment 1 to Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Proposed Amendments to Aggregate Resources Act
- Submission regarding Pre-Budget Consultation 2020
- Submission regarding Bill 132: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
- Submission regarding 2019 Provincial Policy Statement Review
- Submission regarding Ontario's Excess Soil from Brownfields
- Submission regarding Four Provincial Land-Use Planning Proposals
- Submission regarding Bill 66: Open-for-Business Planning By-Law
- Letter to Minister Hardeman & Minister Clark regarding Farmland Preservation
- Submission regarding the Growth Plan and Density Targets for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Submission regarding Water Protections and Growing the Greenbelt
- Submission regarding Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
News & Commentaries
- Short-Term Thinking at Queen's Park Will Have Consequences for Ontario Agriculture
- Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford Regarding Farmland Preservation
- Caring for Grassland Birds on Farms - Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark
- Still Have a Job to Do
- Election Issues: Protecting Farmland in the Face of a Housing Crisis
- Proposed Housing Legislation Overlooks Density
- Housing Task Force Defends Farmland Preservation
- Making the Greenbelt Bigger…A Lot Bigger
- Land Use Planning: Where Do We Draw the Line?
- MZOs: Good Land Use Planning Takes Time
- Finding the Balance: Farming, Development and Environmental Protection
- New Risk to Farmland: Minister’s Zoning Orders
- Excess Soil: A Cautionary Tale
- Adjusting the Balance
- Fighting for Farmland
- Bill 66: Are Natural Resource Protections “Red Tape”?
- Planning for Growth in Ontario
- Political Will Necessary for Farmland Preservation
- Ontario’s High-Speed Rail
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