- The Ministry of Natural Resources has launched a review of its policy approach to renewable energy development on Crown land including water power, on-shore wind and solar power development.
- As part of the review, a draft policy has been posted to the Environmental Registry – registry # 011-6005. The draft policy includes direction on how the ministry would manage Crown land for renewable energy in a manner reflecting Ontario’s long term energy plans and programs, and balancing the social, economic and ecological interests of the Province.
- Once complete, the policy will provide a basis for procedural direction for renewable energy development on Crown land.
The focus of the review will include:
- a framework and criteria to support future decisions on where Crown land should be made available for renewable energy, including alignment with provincial energy plans and programs on supply mix and transmission priorities;
- direction on how Crown land would be made available for renewable energy;
- the approach to Crown land management for renewable energy and Aboriginal economic development; and
- policy alignment with the Far North Act and other provincial direction;
- the use of science and information to support Crown land decisions for renewable energy.
Please click the following link to view a four page introduction to the policy review process (pdf, 658 KB) which briefly outlines why policy direction is being reviewed, what will be included in the review, and how to get involved.
The draft Renewable Energy on Crown Land policy is posted on the Environmental Registry registry # 011-6005 for public, stakeholder and Aboriginal community comment.