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Province strengthens Agricultural Land Commission

By Contributor
November 14th, 2011

Farmers and ranchers on Agricultural Reserve Land will have more tools to protect their way of life as a result of proposed legislation, increased funding and other measures to improve the operations of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC. 

Improvements to the ALC will be made in several areas:

  • Preserving farmland by placing a five-year moratorium on repeat applications for items such as excluding land from the ALR.
  • Sustainable operations through additional funding and provisions for increased revenue generation by the ALC.
  • Increased enforcement capacity through shared resources.
  • Strategic governance provisions give the chair additional oversight over regional panels and more time to focus on commission matters by hiring a CEO to look after administrative issues.
  • Upgraded online application tracking system to provide enhanced web services to clients.
  • Encouraging farming by working more proactively with local governments rather than simply reacting to applications.
  • A new minister’s bylaw standard regarding residential uses in the ALR.  

The chair’s report is available at:

The proposed legislation is posted as part of Bill 19 at:


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