Community Current Issues

Farm Practices

  • Under the Farming and Food Production Protection Act (FFPPA), farmers are protected from nuisance complaints made by neighbours, provided they are following normal farm practices
  • No municipal by-law applies to restrict a normal farm practice carried on as part of an agricultural operation
  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has established processes to deal with complaints and determine what are and what are not “normal farm practices”

To learn more visit the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board website
 

Legal Marijuana Growing Operations

Jurisdiction:

  • Licencing and compliance to regulations of these facilities is multijurisdictional to include Health Canada and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) - Environmental Management Branch. Complaints about odour or general inquiries about these operations should be directed to OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre,  ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or 1-877-424-1300.
  • These facilities operate under different legislation than the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. It is the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations
  • The Town’s current jurisdiction is property standards infractions, as per the municipal By-law.

Licensing:

  • According to Health Canada, licenses are only issued once it has been determined that all information submitted demonstrates compliance with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and the facility has been built. Each application undergoes a detailed assessment and review, including in-depth security checks undertaken by the RCMP.
  • The authorized licensed producers are listed on Health Canada’s website
  • Health Canada conducts compliance and monitoring activities of regulated parties to ensure compliance with the various regulations to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). These activities include education, complaint investigations and inspecting licensed sites, or sites applying to be licensed to conduct regulated activities.
  • Information about a producer’s requirements can be found on the Health Canada website

Complaints:

  • Odour or general inquiries about these operations should be directed to OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre, ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or 1-877-424-1300
  • Public safety or illegal behaviour should be directed to Niagara Regional Police Services (NRPS)
  • Property standards should be directed to the Town’s By-Law Enforcement

What Lincoln is doing in 2018:

  • For municipalities we will focus on areas where we are likely to be most active, and that is in the areas of zoning, business licensing potentially, building code and municipal workplace safety.
  • To date, we have been working with NRPS around enforcement of licensed properties, however moving forward want to look at regulations with respect to public consumption and impaired driving.

 

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