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Regional Agri-Food Strategies - The Greater Golden Horseshoe
Project Date/Duration: September 25, 2015

View a sample of the official plan  Regional Agri-Food Strategies  (6.13MB)

Between 2001 and 2006, the Province of Ontario introduces a series of provincial plan that work within the context established by the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) under the Planning Act. These regional plans are the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horsehoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan (the lost one pre-dating this period, having been first approved in 1985). These four plans cover an area over 31,000km2 extending from Niagara in the south, to Waterloo Region in the west, to the shores of Georgian Bay in the north and to Northumberland County in the east.  The area is known as the Greater Golden Horsehoe (GGH).

The project had the following purposes:
  • To provide options, including possible models or mechanisms, on how agriculture and food sector Regional Agri-Food Growth Strategies (RAFSs)could be established and implemented in the GGH.
  • To examine the potential value of and need for RAFSs in the GGH, with a view to determining whether they could assist in achieving the following:
  1. Strengthen the protection of the agricultural land base in the GGH.
  2. Integrate land use planning with infrastructure and economic development considerations.
  3. Leverage, support and complement municipal and stakeholder initiatives that support the agriculture and food sector.
  4. Provide greater economic support for the agriculture and food sector to ensure its long-term sustainability.
  5. Capitalize on emerging trends in and opportunities for the agriculture and food sector, e.g. leverage local competitive advantages and support local food initiatives. 

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