So... You're Moving to the Country

Rural Ontario is more than just a pretty place...

It's also where the province's 55,000 farm families live, and conduct their businesses. Chances are, you'll have an Ontario farmer for a neighbour.

Whether the farm is an orchard or a greenhouse, a dairy farm or a beef feedlot, or any one of the 12 main types of agricultural operations, it is above all, a business.

That means that certain activities take place according to a production schedule. And some of those activities can have an effect on you.

Farms are often noisy and dusty. Sometimes they can cause odours. During planting or harvesting season, you may notice extra lights in a field at night, or feel the vibration of heavy equipment.

Ontario's agri-food sector employs 745,000 people and is one of the province's leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion to the economy every year.

For the most part, these activities are considered to be normal farm practices. The farmer's ability to conduct these practices is governed by the Farming and Food Production Protection Act, which promotes and protects normal farm practices in agricultural areas while addressing health, safety and environmental concerns. However, farmers do not have the right to pollute, or do whatever they please, whenever they please.

Sometimes disagreements or conflicts can arise between neighbours. You need to know that there is a process in place to resolve these disagreements.

The Ontario government is working to promote farmers and you, their non-farming neighbour, living and working in harmony.

To find out more about this aspect of your life as a new resident to rural Ontario, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre, at 1-877-424-1300 to obtain your copy of the Citizen's Guide to the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.

Please Note

This pamphlet is not a substitute for legal advice and representation. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs accepts no responsibility or liability for the outcome of any Hearing in which any party relies on this pamphlet.

This is the first in a series of pamphlets that include:

It is also strongly recommended that you pick up the Citizen's Guide to the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 02 February 2010
Last Reviewed: 02 February 2010