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Friday, August 28, 2015

Ontario Trails News - Conservation Act Review, Ontario Trail AGM and more Ontario Trails News

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Conservation Authorities Act Review



With thanks to Beth Potter, Executive Director of Tourism Industry Association of Ontario who brought this to our attention. We will be working together and with our CA members to craft our best comments.

Ontario Trails Council - AGM, User Meeting and Meeting with Minister Coteau

OK so our calendar is filling up fast headed into September.

September 4, 2015 - we are holding a meeting for trail user groups September 4 - 12-3pm at Lake Simcoe Region Conservation. 

 This is an open invitation to leadership groups such as, Hike Ontario, Cycle Ontario, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Ontario Federation of Trail Riders, Ontario Trail Riders Federation, Ontario Federation of 4 Wheel Drive, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ontario Equestrian Federation, International Mountain Biking Association (ON), Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs, Friends of Trails Associations, CESCO, Ontario Nature, Ontario Federation of Field Naturalists, Conservation Ontario, Ontario Parks, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, etc. Please contact the OTC to RSVP by August 25th. 613-484-1140

We are specifically inviting user organizations to discuss the following items:
  • Your organization's current issues relative to trail use
  • Any positions your organization may have relative to land access and users
  • Any public positions you have presented on legislation or regulation
  • What the Ontario Trails Council should do on your behalf to move these issues forward
Thank you for your interest in this meeting. As we move forward towards the AGM on September 24 and the next meeting of the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee October 16 the OTC will be in the best position to ensure those processes get us the results we want.

Ontario Trails AGM

Plans are underway for the Ontario Trails Council AGM, September 24th 2015. The meeting will be held at the same location as 2014, the Faculty Club at McMaster University.



Meeting with Minister Coteau

As the lead organization for trails in Ontario, it's important we meet with the lead Minister for Trails, Minister Michael Coteau. We have a meeting scheduled for September 30th. We encourage you to assist us in making better trails through partnership with government by:
  • Taking out an OTC Membership
  • Renewing your OTC Membership
  • By being a member you can come to the AGM on the 24th and shape our discussion on the 30th.
  • By being a member you benefit and support other groups interested in professional, transparent partnership with government in the interest of all trails!


Please consider supporting our work

Please consider making a donation or taking out a membership today! We rely on the generous support of the Canadian trail community to allow us to do our work.

Our Mission - to promote the preservation, management, use and development of trails.

Everyday, somewhere in Ontario we educate, support a group, lead or assist a community improving its quality of life through trails.

Thanks





Need Funding? - Here's a list of where to turn

Often we hear from trail groups - most recently North and Central Hastings who want to develop trails, but there is no strategic or business plan in place. Most grants develop programs and services or fund service provision.

We want to hear from you - where did you get funding for your strategic plan for your trails? Could include master plan or other plans that involve trails. Thanks. 613-484-1140 execdir@ontariotrails.ca

National Trails Coalition - infrastructure (closed) - but reviewing their grant app would get your docs prepped for a different application

Ontario Trillium Foundation - 4 streams, including capital
There are a number of provincial grant applications you could explore but you have to be registered with the Grants Ontario System to see the applications by Ministry - closed till next round - Capital and Sustainability in September 2015
MEDIE - has a stream - more for eco development, and the Invest in Ontario Funds - I might suggest regional funding streams includes Southern Ontario Prosperity and NOHFC programs
Also the Federal Enabling Accessibility Fund - Eligible Grant Recipients Include:
Not-for-profit organizations;
Small businesses;
Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
Territorial governments; and,
Municipalities are eligible to submit an application only for projects that deliver activities under Priority #1 (enhancing access to recreational spaces for children with disabilities).
Indigenous Peoples Aboriginal Economic Development Fund - grant stream
Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport - Health Communities Fund - Closed May 29th
There are  other infrastructure grants you could pursue through the relationships you have with the County - they can use gas tax surplus for infrastructure grants -
Cycling Funds CycleON Strategy
Building cycling infrastructure is important in helping us achieve the vision of #CycleON: Ontario's Cycling Strategy: Ontario as a great place to ride a bike. Due today!
OMAFRA also offers a long list - you'll have to pick a stream and discuss with a program manager