Increased residential flexibility in ALR

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries has announced changes that will allow expanded residential flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The ALR Use Regulation has been amended and will come into force on December 31, 2021.  The amendment includes options for ALR land owners for an additional small secondary home in additional to a principal residence.

Applications to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) will not be required and there will not be a requirement for the additional residence to be used by the owner or immediate family members.

Local governments First Nation governments retain the ability to further restrict or prohibit these new additional residential provisions.

Examples of residential options permitted under the regulation include, but are not limited to:

  • garden suites, guest houses or carriage suites
  • accommodation above an existing building
  • manufactured homes
  • permitting a principal residence to be constructed in addition to a manufactured home that was formerly a principal residence.

For more information, refer to the Ministry or the ALC websites.

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