The purpose of the Assessment Toolkit is to help planners, policy-makers, and concerned stakeholders to critically assess the strength of a government's legislative framework to protect farmland. The legislative framework consists of policies, legislation (and by-laws), and governance structures related to agricultural land use planning at local, regional (or upper-tier), and provincial levels of government. The Assessment Toolkit can be used for different reasons:
- To assess regional and local frameworks within its provincial context
- To assess frameworks at the provincial level only
- To guide the development of a new legislative framework
When used to its full potential, the Assessment Toolkit will support a detailed analysis of both the legislative framework and the political context within which agricultural land use decisions are made. The Toolkit is flexible enough to allow users to select components that are of most interest to them.
The left-hand menus provide a variety of information about the Strengthening Farmland Protection in Canada project. The Instruction Manual lists each component of the Assessment Toolkit and supporting documents, which can downloaded, and all of the case studies and legislative frameworks are available under the Case Study Reports menu. Additional resources, including project publications and Planning for Agriculture Guides are available under the Resources menu. For more information about the project and the upcoming National Forum, see the About the Project, National Forum 2016, and Contact Information menus.