First Nations are working with Ontario on community based land use planning as part of the Far North Land Use Planning Initiative. The Far North Act, 2010 is the legislative foundation that provides for community based land use planning at the community level in the Far North, and for a Far North Land Use Strategy (Strategy) to help guide that planning.
Community based land use planning with each First Nation establishes which areas will be set aside for protection and which areas will be open for sustainable economic development . Once developed, the Strategy will provide guidance on the integration of matters that are beyond the scope of individual planning areas and will assist in the preparation of community based land use plans.
The Strategy will provide policy guidance to support planning on matters of common interest across the Far North (e.g., watersheds, all-weather roads and transmission corridors, caribou habitat and migration routes, and climate change). Guidance for land use planning on these cultural, social, environmental, and economic interests in the Strategy will assist planning teams in considering landscape-level interests while developing individual community based land use plans.
The Strategy will also include policies on categories of land use designations and protected area designations, and on the process and requirements for amending community based land use plans.
Once developed, joint First Nation-Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry planning teams will take the Strategy into account as they prepare community based land use plans.