Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas
Ontario's prime agricultural areas are the province's most fertile areas where most of our crops are produced. Prime agricultural areas are the foundation of local food production, agri-food exports and the growing bio economy, and make a significant contribution to Ontario's jobs and economic prosperity. This land is finite and non-renewable - great care must be taken to make sure we have this resource for generations of farmers to come.
The Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 (PPS) protects prime agricultural areas for long-term agricultural use, and supports a thriving agricultural industry and rural economy by permitting a range of different uses on agricultural land.
Summary of the Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas
The PPS permits a range of uses in Ontario's prime agricultural areas: agricultural uses, agriculture-related uses and on-farm diversified uses. OMAFRA's Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas are intended to help municipalities, decision-makers and farmers interpret PPS policies on permitted uses.
Prime agricultural areas are a finite resource. Ensuring many economic opportunities are available in our prime agricultural areas will help protect the resource while also strengthening the rural economy.
Please also check the municipal official plan and zoning by-laws for your area.
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