Submitted by FOCA
In May 2017, after more than a year of advocacy efforts on this issue, the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association (FOCA) provided input into a proposed revision to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Public Lands Act, to enable certain occupations of public land without the need for a permit, lease, or license of occupation.
FOCA is pleased to be able to announce that, effective June 1st, 2017, Ontario Regulation O.Reg.161/17 came into effect. The important changes now mean that a person can occupy public lands without a permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - subject to some conditions, and only if allowed by municipal bylaw or Federal statute. This applies to:
- docks, boat lifts, boat ramps, and marine railways
- swim rafts
- single-storey boathouses
- break walls and related backfill
- recreational boat caches which includes canoes, kayaks and motor boats
- ramps and jumps and slalom courses
- bridges, culverts and causeways
- recreational camping units (21 days)
- ice fishing huts
Some clarification on regulated structures was also provided, for example, a “dock” includes any associated shade structures affixed to the dock such as a gazebo or pergola.
Link to the full decision, and get further information at www.FOCA.on.ca