Amendment to Ontario Regulation 315/07 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 to create a conservation reserve along the south shore of Prince Edward County
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario remains committed to providing families with more opportunities to get outside and enjoy more time in nature, including exploring opportunities to improve access to greenspaces throughout the province.
To support this commitment, we are proposing to create a conservation reserve along the south shore of Prince Edward County, at Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area and Ostrander Point Crown Land Block. The area is 15 km south of Picton and 65 km southwest of Kington. If designated a conservation reserve, the land would provide opportunities for the community to enjoy the area's natural beauty, including hiking, hunting and birdwatching, while strengthening the long-term protection of biodiversity.
Ontario's conservation reserves are established and regulated under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 (PPCRA). These spaces:
• protect sensitive and important places
• allow visitors to participate in environmentally responsible activities
• allow for research to take place
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing to change a regulation under the PPCRA to create the new conservation reserve.
Although most current permitted recreational uses would be able to continue, changes could be made in the future if uses threaten the values of the conservation reserve. These changes would be considered through a management planning process which would include public consultation, following regulation. Industrial and some commercial uses would be restricted in these areas.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no costs to regulated stakeholders. Benefits are significant, including permanent protection of sensitive habitat and the enabling of environmentally sustainable land uses to continue.
Given that there are no other ways to establish a new conservation reserve boundary, amending O. Reg 315/07 is the only option.
January 26, 2022
Comments Due Date:
March 12, 2022