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New Legislation and Amendments to Protect Land, Improve Trails

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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:

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. 

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