Next public meeting on lands April 9, 2016 - Orillia
OTC Meets Minister Coteau April 13, 2016
MTCS Talks Trails - Thanks!Ontario is home to some of the most historic and longest trails in Canada which provide affordable, accessible venues for many activities. Each year, millions of Ontarians and visitors from outside the province, expe- rience Ontario’s urban, suburban, rural and remote land and water trails.
In May 2015 , Minister Coteau introduced the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act in the legislature. If passed, this legislation would help the trails community more effectively develop, operate and promote trails while en- hancing the experience for all trail users.
The proposed act would strengthen Ontario’s trails system by enabling the government to: better manage trail activity and protect public land and property by modernizing stewardship, compliance and enforcement tools clarify land owner responsibilities for trails running through their land strengthen the consequences of trespassing on private and agricultural land increase the amount that landowners could recover for damages caused by trespassers set out a mechanism for voluntary trail easements establish a voluntary trails classification system to provide trail users with the consistent information they need to select the most appropriate trail recognize Ontario trails of distinction to increase trail awareness and local tourism.
On February 18, 2015, the act was tabled for second reading and will continue through the legislative process in the coming months.
Research Trails encourage explorers of all ages and abilities to visit our unique communities and support local econo- mies. Did you know that in 2014, hiking was a source of close to $1.4 billion in economic benefit to our prov- ince, also add in $259 million in total provincial taxes? This was all because of significant spending by Ontario hikers.