Increased protections for trails and Crown land
Changes have been made to Ontario’s land management framework. In general, amendments to the Public Lands Act (RSO1990,cP.43) increase protection of public lands and property from damage. Under the new framework, it is an offence to do certain types of damage to public land and trails; the specific types of damage will be prescribed by regulation. Officers also have more extensive powers to enforce the Act, such as warrantless arrests and the stopping of vehicles, boats, or aircraft.
The changes are implemented through the proposed Ontario Trails Act, 2016, and through amendments to the Public Lands Act (RSO1990,cP.43). They come into force on a day to be set by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and on June 9, 2016, respectively.