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, 2014 (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.

We developed the document, "Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas," to clearly outline the range of uses that are allowed in prime agricultural areas.

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.

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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.

You can order a free copy of the Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas, Publication 851, through ServiceOntario, or download the digital version.

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For more information about PPS agricultural policies and the Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas document, contact an OMAFRA rural planner in your area or the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-811-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.


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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 05 January 2015
Last Reviewed: 18 October 2016