New Legislation and Amendments to Protect Land, Improve Trails
The government will introduce the Supporting Ontario's Trails Act today to protect and improve thousands of kilometres of the province's trails network while encouraging its expansion.
If passed, the act would help the trails community more effectively develop, operate and promote trails by addressing longstanding land access, liability, trespassing and protection of property challenges.
This would be possible through enacting a proposed stand-alone Ontario Trails Act and amendments to five laws across several different ministries, including:
- Ministry of the Attorney General - Trespass to Property Act
- Ministry of the Attorney General - Occupiers' Liability Act
- Ministry of Transportation - Motorized Snow Vehicles Act and Off-Road Vehicles Act
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Public Lands Act
Since releasing Ontario's Trails Strategy in 2005, the Province has supported trails in a variety of ways, including:
- Mapping over 12,800 km of trails across the province
- Investing over $80 million in trails and trail related initiatives since 2009
- Developing a central website for trails
The legislation being introduced today seeks to enable opportunities for trail tourism and trail promotion while responding to issues identified by the trails community.