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The Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG)

Building closer connections to Peel’s farming community

PAAWG is seeking new members

Get details and apply today.

Formed in 1998, the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG):

Other information

The Regional Municipality of Peel is seeking submissions from members of the public to serve in a voluntary capacity on the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG). The following positions are available:

  • Peel citizen-at-large (3 members)
  • Representative of a Peel agricultural society or other special agricultural interest group (2 members)
  • Representative of a Peel youth organization or alternative representative of the agricultural community (1 member)

This group will advise Regional Council on topics involving the farming industry and agricultural community, and assist in implementing relevant Region policies and programs. Members will be appointed for a term of four years, from 2022-2026.

To apply, an applicant must:

  • have rural or agricultural qualifications and interests;
  • experience and willingness to liaise with the range of agencies and organizations represented on PAAWG;
  • the capacity and willingness to devote the necessary time to PAAWG;
  • be a qualified elector in Peel Region pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age or older and a resident/tenant or owner of land in Peel Region); or,
    • be a qualified elector in Ontario representing a group or organization that acts on behalf of members of the agricultural sector who reside in the Region of Peel;
  • not be an elected official of Peel Regional Council or of the Council of a Peel area municipality; and,
  • not be an employee of the Region of Peel, Town of Caledon, City of Brampton or City of Mississauga.

Applications will be accepted by mail, e-mail, online, or in-person at Region of Peel, Access Peel, 10 Peel Centre, Suite B, Brampton, ON, L6T 4B9, until 4:30 p.m. on December 7, 2022. Only those selected will be contacted. Please note that the appointments to PAAWG and its role and mandate will be subject to Regional review, further to the proposed enactment and implementation of Ontario Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022.

Application forms

Download and print out the application form. You will need to use Acrobat Reader to be able to digitally sign the form. You can also request a paper copy if needed.

For more information or to submit your application by mail, e-mail, or online, contact:

Marco Di Nizio
Region of Peel
Planning & Development Services
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 4th Flr.
Brampton, ON, L6T 4B9
Tel: 905-791-7800, Ext. 7854
E-mail: PAAWG@peelregion.ca

To learn more about the PAAWG purpose and structure:

Marco Di Nizio
Junior Planner
Region of Peel
Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG)
c/o Planning and Development Services Division
Suite A, 6th Floor to Suite B, 4th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 7854

14 members are appointed to PAAWG for a 4-year term.

These members include:

  • The Regional Chair (ex-officio)
  • Up to 3 Regional or area municipal Councillors
  • 2 Peel Federation of Agriculture representatives
  • 2 Peel Soil and Crop Improvement Association representatives
  • 2 Peel Agricultural Society representatives or representatives of another special agricultural interest group
  • 3 citizens-at-large
  • 1 Peel youth organization representative

Employees from the Region of Peel, the Town of Caledon, the Toronto and Region Conservation, and the Credit Valley Conservation also attend each meeting.

PAAWG meets a minimum of 4 times a year but might meet more frequently for special topics and events.

Meetings are open to the public, but due to COVID-19, meetings are held virtually through Microsoft Teams until further notice.

Older meeting minutes and agendas are available by request.

To confirm a meeting time and date or to request additional information, email us.

Meeting dates, agendas, and meeting minutes

Agendas and meeting minutes are posted once they become available.

2022 meeting dates:

2021 meeting dates:

PAAWG reports to Regional Council

If you would like to appear before PAAWG, submit a request to the Region 2 weeks before your preferred meeting date. For more detailed instructions, e-mail PAAWG.

Peel Region offers the Peel Rural Water Quality Program (PRWQP) in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

The PRWQP:

  • Was developed with input from local farmers and residents as well as representatives from the Peel Federation of Agriculture and the Peel Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
  • Helps agricultural landowners achieve their agri-environmental goals.
  • Provides technical and financial resources to qualified agricultural landowners to continue their efforts as environmental stewards.

Eligible projects for funding

The following list of projects are eligible for funding.

The list is not exclusive. If you have a project that is not on this list, contact conservation authority employees since you may still be eligible for funding or technical support (or both).

Well decommissioning

Help with well decommissioning is available directly through the Region of Peel for all landowners.

Eligible project Grant rate Grant cap
Barnyard Runoff Control & Clean Water Diversion 50% $10,000
Cover Crops* $100/ acre up to 50 acres
Education & Training* 100% $1,000
Erosion Control Structures 70% $10,000
Fuel & Chemical Storage 50% $3,000
Integrated Pest Management 50% $5,000
Irrigation Management 50% $10,000
Livestock Fencing from Environmentally Sensitive Features 80% $20,000
Manure Storage & Handling Systems and Composting Facilities* 50% $25,000
Milkhouse Washwater Disposal 50% $10,000
Natural Area Enhancement & Creation 100% $20,000
Nutrient Management Plan 70% $3,000
Nutrient Management Strategy 50% $10,000
Private Well Upgrade 50% $3,000
Silage Storage Enhancement & Relocation 50% $15,000
Tree Planting 100% $10,000

*See Peel Rural Water Quality Program Guidelines for complete grant rate and cap funding eligibility details.

For more information about the Peel Rural Water Quality Program contact:

Credit Valley Conservation Authority
1255 Old Derry Road
Mississauga, ON, L5N 6R4
Toll free: 1-800-668-5557 ext. 720

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
101 Exchange Avenue
Vaughan, ON, L4K 5R6
Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5915

Region of Peel - PAAWG
Planning & Development Services
Public Works
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 7854
Toll free: 1-888-919-7800 ext. 7854

ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization. It works with farmers across Canada through community-based programs. These programs support and provide recognition to farmers who are starting long-term environmental stewardship projects on their farms.

The ALUS Peel Pilot Program builds on the Peel Rural Water Quality Program. It offers farmers additional support and recognition for their stewardship efforts.

ALUS Canada, the Region of Peel, CVC, and TRCA have partnered to bring this 3-year pilot project to Peel.

The ALUS Peel Pilot:

  • Recognizes the importance of agriculture.
  • Supports farmers’ ongoing efforts in caring for the natural areas of their properties.
  • Recognizes the important environmental benefits provided to surrounding communities.

The pilot supports the following stewardship projects:

  • Native tree and shrub planting
  • Grassland, wetland and stream restoration
  • Livestock fencing
  • Erosion control structures

These projects deliver important ecological outcomes by:

  • Creating wildlife habitats.
  • Improving soil and water quality.
  • Reducing flood risk, and
  • Capturing carbon.

The pilot project offers financial and technical help to farmers who are carrying out these types of stewardship projects. It also will provide participating farmers with annual payments for ongoing project maintenance and monitoring.

Credit Valley Conservation Authority
1255 Old Derry Road
Mississauga, ON, L5N 6R4
Toll free: 1-800-668-5557 ext. 720

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
101 Exchange Avenue
Vaughan, ON, L4K 5R6
Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5915

Region of Peel - PAAWG
Planning & Development Services
Public Works
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 7854
Toll free: 1-888-919-7800 ext. 7854