New Horizons: Ontario's Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation

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We all know that healthy soil is the basis for a strong, sustainable agri-food system. Wise management can ensure that soil is fertile and full of the living organisms that are essential to grow food and other agricultural products. That's why Ontario is committed to working with Indigenous communities, farmers, industry and community partners to develop a strategy that will sustain and support healthy soil so our land can be productive today and well into the future.

The draft strategy builds on the vision, goals, objectives and concepts presented in the 2016 'Sustaining Ontario's Agricultural Soils: Towards a Shared Vision' discussion document.

It also builds on the extensive soil health efforts of agricultural organizations and OMAFRA. It was developed in collaboration with the agricultural sector, and it reflects feedback received during public engagement on the discussion document, from farmers, Indigenous participants and other interested groups and individuals.

We'd like to hear your thoughts and feedback on the draft strategy. Your input will help guide the development of a final Soil Health and Conservation Strategy for Ontario which will be released in spring 2018.

How to participate

New Horizons: Ontario's Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation

We welcome your feedback on the draft strategy by December 31st, 2017. You may submit comments a number of ways:

  1. Submit your comment through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry at registry number 013-1373
  2. Fill out this feedback form
  3. Fax: 519-826-3492
  4. Mail: Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy
    Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    1 Stone Road West, 2nd floor
    Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2

Open Houses

We also invite you to join us at one of our public open houses. Pre-registration is not required at these drop-in events. Participating in an open house will give you the opportunity to talk with OMAFRA soil staff, ask questions and provide input:

Webinar / Teleconference

Another way to hear about the draft soil strategy and provide feedback is through a webinar / teleconference being held on Dec 11 from 1:00-3:00pm. To register for the webinar / teleconference please call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC at 1-877-424-1300) or email

Notice Regarding Collection of Information

Any collection of personal information for this public engagement is in accordance with subsection 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Personal contact information will be used only to contact you and will not be shared. Please be aware that any comments provided may be shared or disclosed once personal information is removed. Personal information includes your name, home address and personal e-mail address.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA
Creation Date: 01 November 2017
Last Reviewed: 01 November 2017