Ontario will introduce new legislation today to protect and improve thousands of kilometres of the province’s urban, suburban, rural and remote land and water trails network while encouraging its expansion.
If passed, the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act would:
- Provide the trails community with enhanced tools to effectively develop, operate and promote trails
- Remove barriers to help connect and expand trails across the province
- Increase trail awareness and promote local tourism by enabling the recognition of trails of distinction, supporting communities and jobs across Ontario
- Enable the development of a classification system to help users find trails that match their interest and ability
The proposed act would also improve, sustain and encourage the expansion of trails by addressing liability, trespassing and crown land issues.
Expanding and improving Ontario trails is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.