The purpose of our proposed research is to critically examine how the changing role and value of agriculture within Canadian society today might affect agricultural land use planning within and across national, provincial and local jurisdictions.
Our primary aim is to assess the state of farmland protection in Canada. For this we examined the strength of each province’s legislative framework to protect farmland. A framework includes legislative acts and regulations as well as policies. At the municipal level, we also examined statutory plans (e.g., official plans), zoning bylaws, and other related policy documents and strategic plans.
We sought to provide a unique, evidence-based perspective to the current public debate and clearly delineate the public interest in protecting farmland.
The outcome of the research to date is the first comprehensive, nation-wide assessment of the state of farmland protection in Canada. These results will be of benefit to land use decision makers, planning practitioners and policy-makers at all three levels of government, to non-governmental organisations, industry groups, farmer organisations, farmers and the general public, as well as to other jurisdictions around the world.
Dr. Wayne Caldwell
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
Phone: 514-824-4120 x56420
Dr. Claude Marois
University of Montreal