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Farm Organizations Oppose Bill 97

In Agriculture
May 21st, 2023

Joint Statement from Ontario’s Farm Leaders on Bill 97 and Proposed Provincial Planning Statement

All of the farm organizations in Ontario have released an unprecedented joint statement against Bill 97 with a focus on the lot severance rules for agricultural land.

The core of their concern is that:
“Residential lot creation in agricultural areas has long been controversial and the detrimental impacts for agriculture are well demonstrated, including fragmentation of the agricultural land base, increased conflicts between neighbouring land uses, risk of inflating farmland prices and increasing costs to municipalities. In addition, we have significant concerns regarding the speculative investment that this proposal will drive, resulting in farmland values that make farming even more unattainable for the next generation.”

The full statement is here: https://ofa.on.ca/newsroom/joint-statement-from-ontarios-farm-leaders-on-bill-97-and-proposed-provincial-planning-statement/

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