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For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2008

Agriculture in the Region of Peel

Brampton, ON.  (May 27, 2008) – The Region of Peel has released its Agriculture Discussion Paper, a report that examines agriculture in a regional context and builds on public input received by Regional Council in February 2007, as well as further consultations with agricultural stakeholders. 

The Region worked closely with area municipalities, Peel’s farming community, agricultural organizations, agro-industries and other stakeholders to collect input for the paper.  Discussions were held on Official Plan policies that can address the challenges facing the agricultural industry, ensure the long-term protection of agricultural lands and resources, and improve the financial viability of the agricultural industry in Peel.

“The Agriculture Discussion Paper is the result of extensive consultations with the agriculture community in Peel, and it outlines the major challenges the industry currently faces,” says Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research.  “We encourage everyone with an interest in the state of agriculture to read the paper and submit their comments and ideas, all of which will be taken into consideration as we continue to review and update the Peel Region Official Plan.”

The Agriculture Discussion Paper is available for download and comment at www.peelregion.ca/planning or by calling 905-791-7800, ext. 4350. 

As required by the Planning Act, a municipality will revise its Official Plan every five years to ensure that it conforms to provincial plans, takes into account matters of provincial interest, and is consistent with policy statements issued under the Act.

Since the last review of the Peel Region Official Plan, which was initiated in 2002, the Government of Ontario has released three documents that the Official Plan must also conform to: Places to Grow Act, 2006; the Greenbelt Plan, 2005; and the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005. The Region of Peel is currently working toward a June 16, 2009 deadline to bring its Official Plan policies into conformity with these provincial requirements. 

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Irene McCutcheon
Senior Associate, Public Affairs
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4507

Arvin Prasad
Director, Planning Policy and Research
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4251

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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