At a glance

Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act

The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act forms the legal basis for the Niagara Escarpment Plan and Niagara Escarpment Commission operations.

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Niagara Escarpment Plan

Approved by Cabinet in 1985 and revised in 1994, 2005 and 2017, the Niagara Escarpment Plan is Canada’s first large-scale environmental land use plan.

Active Plan Amendments

There are several active plan amendments under review at the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

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Niagara Escarpment Commission Policies, Guidelines and Technical Criteria

The Niagara Escarpment Commission has adopted policies and guidelines to help with the interpretation and implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

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Niagara Escarpment Parks and Open Space System

The Niagara Escarpment Parks and Open Space System consists of more than 163 park sand open spaces on public land owned and/or managed by conservation authorities, municipalities, Ontario Parks, Royal Botanical Gardens, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Ontario Heritage Trust, Parks Canada and other conservation organizations capable of managing land in the public interest.

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