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. . A farm in Caledon There were 3,707 farms in the Greater Toronto Area according to the 2006 census While it was once the most dominant industry for residents in the Greater Toronto Area agriculture now occupies a small percentage of the population but still a large part of land in the surrounding four regional municipalities Census data from 2006 has shown there are 3,707 census farms in the GTA down 4.2% from 2001 and covering 274,363 hectares (677,970 acres). Almost every community in the GTA is currently experiencing a decrease in the acreage of farmland with Mississauga seeing the most significant the only communities in the GTA which are experiencing a growth in the acreage of farmland are Aurora Georgina Newmarket Oshawa Richmond Hill and Scugog with Markham experiencing neither any growth nor decline. Most of the GTA's farmland is in Durham Region with 55% of their total land area being farmland This is followed by York Region with 41% of their lands being farmland Peel Region with 34% and Halton Region with 41%. Toronto's remaining farmland is completely within Rouge Park in the Rouge Valley the average size of the farm in the GTA (74 hectares (183 acres)) is much lower than the farms in the rest of Ontario (averaging 233 acres (0.94 km2)) This has been attributed to the shift of farm types in the GTA from the traditional livestock and cash crop farms (requiring an extensive land base) towards more intensive enterprises including greenhouse floriculture nursery vegetable fruit sheep and goats The most numerous farms types in the GTA are miscellaneous specialty farms (including horse and pony sheep and lamb and other livestock specialty) followed by cattle grain and oilseed dairy and field crop farms. Although the output of dairy production has dropped with farms from within the GTA dairy has remained the most productive sector in the agricultural industry by annual gross farm receipts. Despite the decreased amount of farmland around the region farm capital value increased from $5.2 billion in 1996 to $6.1 billion in 2001 making the average farm capital value in the GTA continued to be the highest in the province Infrastructure. .
. 13 Forward Patrick Mullins United States There are presently 12 public English first language school boards and two French first language school boards operating within the GTA Seven of these school boards operate secular schools whereas the other seven operate separate schools; the seven separate school boards in the Greater Toronto Area all serve the Roman Catholic faith in addition to public schools there are also a number of private schools that operate within Greater Toronto Three of these GTA-based school boards also manage institutions outside Greater Toronto the two French first language school boards based in Toronto as well as the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir operates French separate schools throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe whereas the Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates French secular schools throughout the Ontario Peninsula the DPCDSB maintains English first language separate schools in Peel Region and in Dufferin County a county adjacent to the GTA Conversely English first language schools in Clarington a municipality within Durham Region are managed by school boards based outside the GTA in Clarington Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board manages public English secular schools while the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board manages public English separate schools School boards in the Greater Toronto Area. .