Working with Islanders to find made-in-PEI solutions.

For Islanders, questions of land ownership and land use are essential parts of our culture. Our land and communities are intimately connected, in a way that is unique to our island.

Purpose

In Prince Edward Island, the Lands Protection Act and the Planning Act govern land ownership and use. Now we have the chance to modernize the province’s land-related legislation and policy to meet current and future needs of the province.

Approach

Modernizing land-related legislation requires a collaborative and comprehensive approach to finding solutions and an openness to new ideas and policy design.

Tackling the challenges

This comprehensive review of land-related legislation will bring together public service employees, individuals and stakeholders to develop made-in-PEI land solutions. An evidence-guided process will include Indigenous communities of PEI, local residents, communities, industry groups, as well as subject-matter experts. This will include examining the findings and recommendations of these previously commissioned land-related reports:

A step-by-step plan

We will examine land policy and legislation in a five-step process.

-Phase One: Issue Identification and Advisory Committee

The Land Matters website is launched to collect feedback from residents of PEI and the Land Matters Advisory Committee will be established. Islanders will be invited to apply, through Engage PEI, to become an advisory committee member. A chairperson(s) and up to 10 members will be chosen. This committee will advise government and guide the process.

-Phase Two:  Legislation/Policy Formulation

The Land Matters Advisory Committee will host presentations, guided by feedback received through phase one. Additionally, a "What We've Heard Report" will be released that is based on feedback received through the website.

-Phase Three:  Legislation/Policy Adoption

Stakeholder engagement with respect to phase two findings.

-Phase Four: Legislation/Policy Implementation

Preparation of amendments to land-related legislation.

-Phase Five: Legislation/Policy Evaluation

The Department of Agriculture and Land will develop an implementation plan for confirmed changes, based on report recommendations, along with the plan to monitor performance, relevance and impact of land-related legislation.

Download the Project Plan