Brownfield Sites
Undeveloped or previously developed properties that may be contaminated. They are usually, but not exclusively, former industrial or commercial properties that may be underutilized, derelict or vacant. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)
Community Infrastructure
Lands, buildings, and structures that support the quality of life for people and communities by providing public services for health, education, recreation, socio-cultural activities, security and safety, and affordable housing.
Economic and Service Hubs
Northern municipalities identified by the Minister of Infrastructure, working with the Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and other ministries, that, due to their current critical mass of population and employment, location and existing assets, serve as focal points for regional service delivery and infrastructure networks over the course of the implementation of this Plan. Economic and service hubs may also contain strategic core areas.
Existing and Emerging Priority Economic Sectors
Both established and newer sectors of economic activity that are encouraged to grow and/or diversify identified in Policy 2.2.2.
Far North
The geographic area of the Far North as defined in the Far North Act, 2010.
Ground Water Feature
Water-related features in the earth's subsurface, including recharge/discharge areas, water tables, aquifers and unsaturated zones that can be defined by surface and subsurface hydrogeologic investigations. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)
Information and Communications Technology
All technical means used to handle information and aid communication, including digital infrastructure, computer and network hardware, as well as necessary software.
The development of a property, site or area at a higher density than currently exists through:
  • redevelopment, including the reuse of brownfield sites
  • the development of vacant and/or underutilized lots within previously developed areas
  • infill development
  • the expansion or conversion of existing buildings. 
    (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)
Intensification Corridors
Areas along major roads, arterials or transit corridors that have the potential to provide a focus for higher density mixed-use development.
Regional Economic Planning Area
A defined geographic area within Northern Ontario for which a regional economic plan is developed and implemented, in accordance with the Policies in 4.5.
Regional Economic Plans
Coordinated and integrated multi-community economic development strategies that have been developed to retain and attract investment within a defined regional economic planning area.
Remote Communities
Communities that cannot be reached by all-season roads.
Renewable Energy
Electrical power from an energy source that is renewed by natural processes including, but not limited to, wind, water, a biomass resource or product, or solar and geothermal energy.
Strategic Core Areas
Delineated medium-to-high density areas within identified municipalities that are priority areas for long-term revitalization, intensification and investment. These areas may consist of downtown areas, and other key nodes and significant corridors.
Surface Water Feature
Water-related features on the earth's surface, including headwaters, rivers, stream channels, inland lakes, seepage areas, recharge/discharge areas, springs, wetlands, and associated riparian lands that can be defined by their soil moisture, soil type, vegetation or topographic characteristics. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)
Transportation System
A system consisting of corridors and rights-of-way for the movement of people and goods, and associated transportation facilities.