Who do we want to hear from?
Stakeholder engagement is an opportunity to converse with those who have a vested interest in the future of agriculture and the food economy in our Region, and how to manage land use to support it. It will help the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) and RAMP Task Force understand what kinds of opportunities and challenges are facing the agriculture sector and landowners. And it will help us align with and contribute to provincial plans for investment in Agri-Food and other initiatives.
We’re inviting input from a broad range of regional Stakeholders including farmers, ranchers, landowners, small business, government, agriculture and food organizations, land developers, research institutions and many more. We want to hear from those who would be affected and impacted by agricultural land-use policies, as well as thought leaders in the agriculture sector.
The input Stakeholders have into this work will shape the Region for years to come – it is a legacy that we are leaving for future generations and for the future of agriculture in our Region.
If you are part of the agriculture sector or are impacted by land use as it relates to agriculture, we’re seeking your input to help develop the Regional Agriculture Master Plan (RAMP).
What are we talking about with Stakeholders?
Our discussions with Stakeholders will focus on gaining input and insight on how best to address the three RAMP objectives, test the ‘policy area’ approach for developing the policies in RAMP, and focus on specific topics like:
- Identifying prime agricultural areas for conservation using broader criteria that responds to the future needs of the sector.
- Advice on how to limit and manage future fragmentation and conservation of prime agricultural lands to non-ag uses.
- Opportunities for growth in agriculture and agri-food and understanding what the priorities in infrastructure are to support that growth.
For more details on the discussion and the questions that will be put to Stakeholders, please download our Discussion Guide. (Note: this material will available shortly.)
Register for Engagement Sessions
We encourage you to register for a sub-regional session that matches your location. If those dates are not suitable, you have the option to register for one of our regional sessions or another sub-regional session that works for you.
If you cannot find a suitable session, you may also provide a written submission.
The health and safety of all those involved in RAMP engagement is a top priority. All in-person sessions will be conducted in accordance with the local COVID-19 precautions, including Alberta Health Services mandatory and voluntary restrictions and other recommendations in place at the time of each session. COVID-19 protocols will require all participants wear a mask, sanitize their hands, submit to a non-contact temperature check, and maintain sufficient physical distancing from others in attendance. EMRB will contact you directly in the event that your registered session is adapted, postponed or cancelled due to evolving circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures.
Click on a virtual engagement session date to register
*Additional virtual sessions can be scheduled to accommodate increased demand from stakeholders. All in-person sessions have transitioned to virtual sessions due to COVID -19 restrictions on public gatherings.
To provide your input as a written submission:
Step 1: Download the Discussion Guide & Questions and watch the introductory video by land use advisor, Andy Haden. (Please note: this material will be available shortly.)
Step 2: Choose from these options to submit your input:
- OR email your submission to: letstalkRAMP@emrb.ca
- OR mail your submission to:
#1100 Bell Tower, 10104 — 103 Avenue Edmonton AB T5J 0H8
The deadline for written submissions is November 30, 2020.
The personal information collected by the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board through the RAMP stakeholder engagement process may be used for the purpose of providing you with updates on EMRB’s work and engagement activities for the Regional Agriculture Master Plan. This personal information collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.