Niagara Escarpment Commission

Site: Georgetown - Guelphview Square

Record #: ACT0704
Last Full Update: 17 Jan 2024

Contact Information

Office Phone 905-877-5191
Primary Contact Danielle D'Silva, Senior Marketing and Communications Advisor; Phone: 905-877-8144; Email:

Agency Information

Description (Agency)

An agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that operates at "arm's length" from the Ontario government in accordance with the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. 
The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and the Commission provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment and ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment.

Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Established 1973
Funding Provincial

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

The Escarpment is a height of land and related topography extending 725 kilometres through south central Ontario from Queenston to Tobermory. 
The Commission fulfills the following responsibilities:

  • to promote the objectives of the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP)
  • to process and make decisions on development permit applications 
  • to review and comment on all proposed developments within the Plan Area and intervene at hearings if Plan policies are substantially threatened 
  • to process and make recommendations on proposed NEP amendments 
  • to assist the Minister and municipalities in achieving conformity of local official plan documents and municipal by-laws
  • to assist the Minister in monitoring NEP implementation
  • to provide a Plan interpretation role
  • Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
  • meetings monthly at the Georgetown Office to consider permit applications
  • people wishing to speak should notify the Commission in advance
Areas Served Dufferin County ; Halton Region ; Hamilton ; Niagara Region ; Peel Region
Eligibility No restrictions

Call for information

Languages English ; French
Fees None

Site Information

Located In Community Georgetown
Address & Map
Guelphview Square
232 Guelph St, 3rd Flr
Georgetown, ON L7G 4B1
Intersection Mountainview Rd and Guelph St
Physical Access Partially Accessible - some assistance required with elevator door and operation

Categories and Classification

Service Categories Land Conservation ; Land Development Services ; Planning/Coordinating/Advisory Groups ~ Environmental Issues