Operations & Governance

The Agricultural Land Commission is an independent administrative tribunal of appointed Commissioners (and staff) who administer the Agricultural Land Reserve

Commission Operations

Since its inception in 1973, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has considered over 45,000 land use applications to remove land from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), to subdivide land within the ALR, to use agricultural land for non-farm purposes or to include land into the ALR.  The ALC reviews 500 to 700 new applications each year. Interest in application decisions has heightened over the years as a result of public awareness, environmental issues, food security issues, urban sprawl and concerns about climate change.

In addition, the ALC conducts other activities including: policy development, local government land use planning and bylaw reviews, regulation interpretation, ALR boundary reviews and compliance and enforcement activities. The ALC also participates in other government land use initiatives and liaises with stakeholder groups.

The ALC consists of 6 regional panels.  Each panel includes a Vice-Chair and two members.  Panel members reside in the regions where they are appointed and make decisions on applications from that region.

Panel work is managed by the ALC Chair and referred to the panels at the Chair’s discretion.  Meetings are based on workload which is unpredictable and varies between the six regions.  As a result, regular meeting schedules are not set.  Commission panels meet to decide applications, carry out site visits, meet with local governments and other stakeholders, discuss land use planning matters, ALC policy and emerging issues.  ALC panel meetings include meetings in the region, web based meetings, teleconference meetings.  Please note, applications that require site visits will be scheduled for viewing in light of seasonal weather conditions to ensure safe access to the land under application.

The ALC Executive Committee includes the Chair and six Vice Chairs.  The Executive Committee meets to decide applications referred to it by the Chair or panels, discuss and develop policy and emerging issues, review land use planning initiatives and consider delegated reconsideration requests.  Executive Committee meetings occur at least each quarter and more based on workload.

The ALC includes the Chair, Vice Chairs and Members.  The ALC will meet no fewer than twice a year to engage in continuing education and training and to discuss and decide ALC policies, review provincially significant issues, discuss governance and operational matters and determine ALR boundary review proposals.


Performance Indicators

By way of Ministerial Order, performance indicators have been established to evaluate the performance of the ALC through priority actions and targets.

Ministerial Order M072 - ALC Performance Indicators - March 2016

Letter of Expectation Between Minister of Agriculture and the Chair of the ALC - March 2016

Ministry of Agriculture Tax Payer Accountability Letter - March 2016


Governance and Operational Policy

The Agricultural Land Commission establishes policies that guide the operation of the Commission.  The ALC Governance Policy establishes ALC processes and standards of conduct for its members and staff.  The Site Visit Policy provides guidance to Commissioners when they are carrying out site visits on properties under application.  The Policy Statement Concerning the Role of Elected Officials in Applications to the ALC outlines the role that elected officials will and will not be permitted to play with regard to the adjudicative processes and decisions of the ALC under the Agricultural Land Commission Act.

ALC Governance Policy - October 2016

ALC Site Visit Policy - October 2016

Policy Statement Concerning The Role Of Elected Officials In Applications To The ALC - October 2016