OMAFRA's Guidelines on Permitted Uses
Farm Diversification and Economic Benefit
Dr. W.J. Caldwell, Professor
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
University of Guelph Grad Student – Master’s Student
Ms. Pamela Duesling
University of Guelph Grad Student – Doctoral Level
Ms. Helma Geerts
Dr. Dave Guyadeen
University of Guelph
Dr. Lee-Ann Sutherland
James Hutton Institute, Scotland
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
OMAFRA’s Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Prime Agricultural Areas provide guidance to support implementation of the Provincial Policy Statement (2014) with regards to agricultural, agriculture-related and on-farm diversified uses. This research will assess the effectiveness of these guidelines including measures of their performance in terms of supporting farmland protection, assessing if the policy/guideline have increased the numbers of new businesses, and benefits and costs for farmers and municipalities. The research will also identify/evaluate best practices for land use planners to achieve policy objectives for agriculture-related and on-farm diversified uses.
Specifically the research will do 5 things:
- It will provide a literature review and jurisdictional scan of best practices (with examples from North America and Europe).
- It will survey all upper tier municipalities to identify the range of policy and strategies used to encourage agriculture-related and on-farm diversified uses.
- It will evaluate the specific effects of policy on individual farmers within different policy regimes (using a Case Study methodology).
- It will apply an evaluation framework to determine the relative merits /effects of different policy.
- Based on the above, best practices for policy framework/development and implementation will be identified (evidence based policy for municipalities and the province).
goals and objectives
Specific objectives include the following:
This project aims to understand how on-farm diversification impacts the family farm and what the intersection of on-farm diversification and land preservation is through public planning policy in Ontario. This presentation was part of Dr. Wayne Caldwell’s 2021 Research Advisory Committee Meeting.
For more information about this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.