Ministry of Agriculture

Strengthening Farming




Link to Guide

The Ministry of Agriculture has adopted standards to guide local government bylaw development in farming areas (per s.916 of the Local Government Act).

In May 2011, the Guide for Bylaw Development in Farming Areas (Bylaw Guide) was amended to include agricultural building setbacks from watercourses which were jointly created by the many stakeholders on the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and the Environment. The Bylaw Guide was further updated in 2013.



Letter to Local Governments

A letter was sent to local governments advising of this update and requesting bylaw review and amendment.



Link to FactsheetFactsheet

A new factsheet was created by the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and the Environment:

Agricultural Building Setbacks from Watercourses in Farming Areas


Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions document titled:
Agricultural Building Setbacks - Potential Local Government Questions