Read Farms appealed the Divisional Court ruling to the Court of Appeal, unsuccessfully. Both the Divisional Court appeal and the appeal before the Court of Appeal determined that the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board did not have the authority in this case to invalidate or overrule the zoning by-law of the Town of Oakville which prohibited the use of the Read Farms land for farming purposes. As the Court of Appeal wrote:
Therefore, when s. 6(1) [of the Farming Practices Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F-6] is read in conjunction with the preamble and other provisions of the Act, it is readily apparent that the Board only has jurisdiction to consider the applicability of by-laws to normal farming practices that are carried out on agricultural lands. The Act does not permit circumvention of legitimate municipal planning regarding the land use designations of various lands.Read the decision at: Oakville (Town) v. Read.