The impacts of Bill 23: Build Homes Faster Act keep rolling in. Last Thursday the Ontario Federation of Agriculture hosted a webinar Homegrown: the Impacts of Bill 23 on Agriculture across Ontario. This intrigued me as most of the chatter has been on the bill’s impact to the Greenbelt and the impact the reduction of development charges will have on municipalities.
No one will argue that farmland is an essential resource for the sustainability and security of our food systems, environments and our economy. But all this depends on the avail-ability and the quality of farmland that is available. Farmland continues to be at risk with increasing pressure to develop for housing.