In 2005, the Ontario Trails Strategy (strategy) was launched. The strategy was developed collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as Aboriginal communities. The strategy laid out a long-term plan for developing, managing, promoting and using trails across the province.
At that time, the Province also made a commitment to review the strategy to ensure it remained relevant over time. The Province is now revisiting the strategy in order to strengthen it.
Since the release of the strategy in 2005, trail groups, property owners, environmental and heritage organizations, Aboriginal communities, conservation authorities, public health units, municipalities, the tourism industry and the Province have worked together to support trails.
Together we have improved collaboration, increased the number and kilometres of trails, enhanced the trail experience and educated the public about trails. While significant investments in trails have been made, there are ongoing challenges that continue to face the trails community.
Strengthening the strategy provides an opportunity to address these challenges, identify new challenges and take advantage of current opportunities in order to develop a plan that ensures Ontario’s trails remain vital for years to come.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is seeking input in order to strengthen the strategy. Please consider the questions put forward in the Discussion Paper "Strengthening Ontario's Trails Strategy".
This proposal was posted for a 48 day public review and comment period starting October 17, 2013. Comments were to be received by December 04, 2013.
All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.
In accordance with its Statement of Environmental Values, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport believes that public engagement is critical to sound decision making. In addition to this public engagement, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will also be conducting focused regional stakeholder engagement sessions and focused engagement with First Nations, Métis and Aboriginal organizations.