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Provincial Policy Statement: Support Materials

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Support materials are available to assist planning authorities and decision-makers with implementing the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement. Support materials are advisory only and are intended to illustrate ways for the policies to be implemented.

Please check this page for periodic updates of support materials.

    Information Sheets

    Additional Support Materials

    • An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Northern Ontario - This guide is intended to assist readers in understanding some of the policies in the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 that affect matters under the Planning Act in Northern Ontario, in particular those policies which have been added or revised since the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005.
    • An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Rural Ontario - This guide is intended to assist readers in understanding some of the policies in the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 that affect planning in rural Ontario, in particular those policies added or revised since the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005.
    • Natural Heritage Reference Manual - Guidance material for the natural heritage policies of the Provincial Policy Statement to assist planning authorities and other participants in the land use planning system.
    • Provincial Policy Statement, 2005: Reserve Sewage System Capacity for Hauled Sewage
    • Ontario Heritage Tool Kit - A series of guides designed to help understand the heritage conservation process in Ontario. It explains the Ontario Heritage Act, the Planning Act, and related programs.
    • Housing Data: Affordable House Prices and Rents, 2014 - Section 1.4 of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 requires planning authorities to provide for an appropriate range of housing types and densities to meet projected requirements of current and future residents. This information about affordable house prices and rents by regional market area is provided to assist municipalities with implementing Section 1.4 Housing of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.
    • Transit-Supportive Guidelines - Ontario’s Transit-Supportive Guidelines are a distillation of transit-friendly land use planning, urban design and operational practices, drawing from experiences in Ontario, elsewhere in North America and abroad. Their aim is to assist urban planners, transit planners, developers and others, working in communities of all sizes, in creating an environment that is supportive of transit and developing services and programs to increase transit ridership.
    • Draft Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas - The guidelines are intended to support the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 on the range of uses permitted in prime agricultural areas.
    • Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) Review - The MDS formulae is a land use planning tool that determines a recommended separation distance between a livestock barn or manure storage and another land use.