What is Forest Tenure Modernization?
Forest Tenure is about who manages Crown forests and how companies gain access to wood. Forest tenure modernization is a long-term commitment, that carefully considers the interests of local communities, the forest industry, Indigenous peoples (First Nation, Metis, and non-status Indians), and other stakeholders.
Forest tenure modernization is a part of the efforts to create a strong and flexible northern and rural economy that gives the people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.
The global financial crisis of 2007-2008, combined with the increasing interest from Indigenous and local communities in the management of local forests revealed a need to modernize some aspects of the current forest tenure system.
In 2009 the government announced the initiation of a comprehensive review of Ontario’s Crown forest tenure system. Dialogue with the forest industry, rural and northern communities, Indigenous people, stakeholders, and the public confirmed the need for change.
In 2011 the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act was passed which enabled the establishment of local forest management corporations (LFMC) through the passing of a regulation. This Act also describes the key attributes of LFMCs.
Modernization is intended to make Ontario’s tenure system more resilient and responsive to today’s changing economic environment, to provide meaningful participation by local communities and local Indigenous communities, to protect and create jobs while maximizing the use of Crown wood and to uphold sustainable forest use for future generations.
In 2013, the MNRF was directed to review all new and existing forest tenure models by 2016. The multi-party Forest Tenure Modernization Oversight Group (Oversight Group) was formed; a consultant was hired to undertake a review of the existing forest tenure models. Using the findings from the review, the Oversight Group submitted a report to the minister supporting eight recommendations directed at the tenure system. These recommendations were approved by the minister in September 2017. MNRF now has an approved action plan that responds to the recommendations. Currently MNRF is implementing this action plan. There will be annual progress reports to provide information on what has been completed and how milestones are being met.
This presentation has information about all of Ontario’s current forest tenure models.