A Statement from Minister Coteau on Bill 100 and Landowner Easements
Please see the statement that Minister Michael Coteau released to clarify the misconception around Bill 100:
February 10, 2016
The province introduced Bill 100, the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act, 2015, to improve access to Ontario’s trails, building both a healthier, and more prosperous Ontario. Our ministry held consultations with over 250 organizations, including municipalities, Aboriginal groups, trail organizations and not-for-profit organizations. The feedback the ministry heard during these consultations was integral to shaping the proposed legislation.
To be clear, an easement pursuant to Bill 100, if passed, would be a voluntary agreement between a landowner and an eligible body or bodies. No property owner would be compelled to provide an easement unless they agreed to do so.
- Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
At Ontario Trails we thank the Minister for clarifying the content and intent of Bill 100. We appreciate his support on the issue and his support of the legislation.