Identifying policy reports

Area ID (Area Identification): The Crown Land Use Policy Atlas (the Atlas) contains policy reports for each land use area. Each report is identified in a standard format.

The first letter, in upper case, identifies the primary land use designation for the land use area

G = General Use Area
E = Enhanced Management Area
P = Provincial Park
C = Conservation Reserve
R = Forest Reserve
W = Wilderness Area
D = Dedicated Protected Area, used in the Far North.

A suffix, in lower case, is used in association with Enhanced Management Areas, Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves to communicate additional information.

  1. Enhanced Management Area – identifies the category of area:
    n = Natural Heritage
    r = Recreation
    a = Remote Access
    w = Fish and Wildlife
    g = Great Lakes Coastal Areas
    c = Cultural Heritage, applicable only in the Far North
  2. Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves – identifies regulation status:
    a = Identifies recommended non-regulated additions to existing Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
    d = Identifies that all or part of a Provincial Park or Conservation Reserve is being deregulated
    e = Identifies Provincial Parks that had land added to them as part of Ontario’s Living Legacy Land Use Strategy prior to January 1, 2014

Policy report terminology

Area Name:
The name assigned to the land use area.
The provincial level primary land use designation given to an area. These are: General Use Area; Enhanced Management Area; Provincial Park; Conservation Reserve; Forest Reserve; Wilderness Area; and Provincial Wildlife Area. Dedicated Protected Area is a primary land use designation used in the Far North.
Reflects one of the six types of Enhancement Management Areas and their respective policies.
Only applicable to Provincial Parks - reflects the park classification and associated policy within the land use designation.
The ministry administrative district(s) the area is located in.
The area of a Provincial Park or Conservation Reserve in hectares, as established in regulation under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. The area for other land use designations is primarily based on geographic information system calculations.
Park Zone:
The ministry administrative zone in which the land use area is located. This applies only to Provincial parks, Conservation Reserves and Forest Reserves.
Date Policy Report Last Updated:
Policy reports are updated once a land use amendment is approved.
A description of the geographic area and natural resource values that contributed to the designation of the area or that may affect management activities. These descriptions have been primarily derived from planning sources including: District Land Use Guidelines; local land use area plans; and Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy.
Land Use Intent:
The broad land use policy for the area. This is information from the District Land Use Guidelines; local land use area plans; and Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy.
Management Direction:
This section presents, in a table, land use policies for a variety of activities. Guidelines for some activities are also included. Indications of permitted uses and activities are identified as Yes, Maybe or No.
A particular use is permitted, subject to the normal controls that are applied to the activity. For example, if sport fishing is a permitted use (i.e., in the table portion of the policy report, “Yes” appears in the permitted use column beside the activity of sport fishing), it means that it is permitted subject to the normal licensing requirements, seasons, limits, etc. Guidelines detailing conditions of approval may also be included.
There are specific requirements that apply to the activity or use. For example, if “Maybe” is noted beside motor boat use in a provincial park, the activity may be permitted if it is approved as part of a management planning process.
There may be restrictions to this activity in certain areas or during certain times of the year. Guidelines will be included which summarize requirements, conditions or future review of an activity.
An activity is not permitted and there are no exceptions to this policy.
Additional Information:
Information to clarify, support or add to what is in the policy report.
Source of Direction:
Where policy direction used in preparing the policy report originated. This section also identifies the source of more detailed direction and links directly to any amendments to area-specific land use policy related to the report.

Policy report search tool tutorial

Every effort is made to keep the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas current. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information over a period of time, please check back for possible updates.

1) Find a policy report

Policy reports can be retrieved by any combination of the following:

Area ID (Area Identification Number)

Enter the exact or partial Area ID for the area of interest.

Area name

Enter the exact or partial name of the area of interest.


By selecting a designation from the Designation drop down menu, a list of all areas with this land use designation will appear. To narrow the search, enter other known information in any of the remaining search boxes.


The Category field is used in conjunction with a search using the Provincial Parks or Enhanced Management Area designations. When Provincial Park or Enhanced Management Area is chosen, a choice of corresponding categories is enabled.

Administrative area

This field will return policy reports within different ministry administrative areas. This drop down menu offers a choice of Park Administrative Zone, Region, or District.


This field is used in conjunction with a search using Administrative Area. Options under this heading are only available when an administrative area has been selected. In this drop down menu, ministry offices related to the selected administrative area will be listed.

2) Display results

Results are shown directly below the search window. Policy reports that match the search criteria are displayed in a table format. A specific policy report may be viewed by selecting the link in the Area Name column. The map link in the far right column positions over the land use area location.

To begin a new search, select the Clear Search button in the search window.

3) Print or save a policy report

To print:

Select language. From the internet browser window, click the window containing the policy report. Use the internet browser Print function to print the document.

To save:


Using the right mouse button, click in the frame containing the policy report and choose the Select All function

  • Using the right mouse button, choose the Copy function
  • Open any word processing software and create a new file
  • In the new file, choose the Paste function

In the word processing file, choose the Save function. Note: Some of the graphics and formatting, such as table structure and text alignment, may be lost if an older version of word-processing software is being used.