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August 22, 2017 - Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers: Director Member Position


August 21, 2017 - Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers: Chair Position


August 11, 2017 - Minister's Statement - Regulation 441


August 11, 2017 - Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 441: Vegetables for Processing - Plan to update the governance structure of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on August 11, 2017.


August 8, 2017 - Statement from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the appointment of Jim Clark as Chair of the OFPMC


June 15, 2017 - The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing to update the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers' governance structure.

Details of the proposed changes will be posted on the Service Ontario Regulatory Registry until July 31, 2017.

Statement from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Proposed Changes to Regulation 441/400


April 20, 2017 - At the request of the Ontario Goat Breeders Association, also known as Ontario Goat, the Commission conducted an expression of opinion vote for all eligible goat milk producers to gauge their support in having Ontario Goat designated as their representative association.

The voting period ran from February 27 to March 10, 2017. More than 60 per cent of eligible voters participated, representing over 80 per cent of provincial goat milk production.

The Commission follows specific voting guidelines to help interpret support for establishing marketing boards and representative associations, and considers both producer support and related production when assessing an outcome.

Only 32 per cent of participants were in favour of the designation, which fell short of the Commission's requirement of a minimum of 66.67 per cent of producer support. The percentage of production attributed to the yes vote was 42 per cent, which also fell short of the Commission's required 50 per cent minimum. As a result, the Commission was unable to recommend that Ontario Goat be designated as a representative association.


March 3, 2017: Minister's Statement Regarding OPVG Changes


Statement from the OFPMC Interim Chair, Jim Clark

March 3, 2017

"Today, acting on the advice of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC), the Ontario Government used its authority under the Farm Products Marketing Act to remove the current Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) Board of Directors and appoint a trustee, Elmer Buchanan.

To facilitate the government's decision to appoint a trustee, the Commission used its authority under the Farm Products Marketing Act to terminate OPVG's member appointments to all negotiating agencies for 2017 and give the trustee the power to appoint new members within 14 days. Upcoming negotiating deadlines for tomatoes, carrots, cabbage and green and waxed beans have been extended by 14 days.

This was a difficult decision that was not made lightly. It was based on tensions within the sector over the last several months and, more recently, by a breakdown in negotiations between growers and processors which was endangering this year's tomato crop. Not taking this action now would likely have negative effects on the 2017 crop size, which would have had consequences on the livelihoods of Ontario farmers and the provincial economy as a whole.

Today's decision is a temporary measure to help reinvigorate the processing vegetable sector. Board elections will be held later this year, in time for the 2018 growing season.

I want to make it clear that today's decision was based on unique circumstances and the Commission, along with the Ontario government, continues to support regulated marketing.

This decision also does not affect the directive issued by the Minister to the Commission in August of 2016. Our plans have not changed. We will continue to consult with the processing vegetable industry and will complete an economic analysis this year.

Today's decision will help reset 2017 negotiations, allow for innovative thinking, and rebuild relationships that underpin future prosperity for the sector."

- Jim Clark, Interim Chair, OFPMC


Expression Of Opinion Vote To Be Held For Goat Milk Producers

The Ontario Goat Breeders Association (OGBA), also known as Ontario Goat, has put forward a proposal to be designated as the representative association for goat milk producers in Ontario. Details about this proposal can be found in an information summary that will be part of the vote package sent to producers. Information related to the vote, including the information summary will also be posted on Ontario Goat's website through the following link: www.ontariogoat.ca.

The Commission encourages all eligible producers to become informed about the proposal and to cast their vote, either in favour of or against, the proposed question. The voting period will run from February 27 to March 10, 2017.

Producers will be asked:

"Are you in favour of Ontario Goat being designated as the representative association for goat milk producers in Ontario under Section 12 of the Farm Products Marketing Act as described in the enclosed information summary and paying a licence fee to finance the association's activities to stimulate, increase and improve the production and marketing of goat milk in Ontario?"

The Commission will mail voting packages to all known goat milk producers on or about February 21, 2017. Producers who do not receive a voting package by March 1, 2017 should contact the Commission at (519) 826-5189.

All returned ballots must be post-marked no later than March 10, 2017.

February 10, 2017: Invitation - Consultation session for the Processing Vegetable sector

The Commission is taking next steps towards achieving the goals set out by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' directive on August 17, 2016.

As part of the first stage of our plan, I would like to invite you to an open and interactive consultation session to discuss:

  • opportunities for collaboration between Ontario's processing vegetable producers and processors;
  • how we can work together to improve relationships in the processing vegetable industry;
  • the potential of a pilot project that would feature some direct contracting capabilities for the 2017 tomato crop.

The session will be held at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre
565 Richmond Street
Chatham, ON
N7M 1R2
Phone: (519) 598-0200

Please contact the Farm Products Marketing Commission at 519-826-4220 regarding any accommodation requests and/or translation services required.

Your attendance is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jim Clark
Interim Chair
Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission


December 20, 2016: Statement from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the appointment of Jim Clark as interim Chair of the OFPMC

December 12, 2016: Statement from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the retirement of Geri Kamenz, Chairman of the OFPMC

August 17, 2016: Directive to Farm Marketing Products Commission under section 13 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act


Recent Amendments to Regulations

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 433: Tender Fruit - Marketing

On April 19, 2017, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit- Marking), made under the Farm Products Marketing Act, to exempt small processors from the regulation other than clauses 6 (a), (b) and (c). For the purposes of the regulation a small processor is anyone that processes less than 907.2 kilograms (1 short ton) of tender fruit in a calendar year.

The amendment to Regulation 433 became effective May 29, 2017.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=22963&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900433?search=FARM+PRODUCTS+MARKETING+ACT

Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking) under the Milk Act.

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking), made under the Milk Act, to establish a new class for milk used to process certain skim milk ingredients and products. The amendment will allow the dairy industry to implement an Ontario dairy ingredient strategy. Additional amendments to Regulation 753 may be required if a national dairy ingredient strategy is developed.

The amendments to Regulation 753 are effective on April 1, 2016.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=20283&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900753?search=MILK+ACT

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 434: Tender Fruit - Plan and R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 433: Tender Fruit - Marketing

The amendments to add apricot production in Ontario to the authorities of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, under Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) of the Farm Products Marketing Act were made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and filed with the Registrar of Regulations on date of filing. On October 21, 2015, under authority of the Farm Products Marketing Act, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission made consequential amendments to add apricot production in Ontario to Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing). The amendments to Regulation 433 were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on November 27, 2015.

The amendments to Regulations 433 and 434 become effective on January 1, 2016.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=19562&language=en

The regulations can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900434?search=FARM+PRODUCTS+MARKETING+ACT

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900433?search=FARM+PRODUCTS+MARKETING+ACT

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 440: Vegetables for Processing - Marketing

On September 17, 2015 the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 440: Vegetables for Processing - Marketing, made under the Farm Products Marketing Act, to revise some of the deadlines in the negotiation Schedule, and to provide flexibility in deadlines to the negotiating parties should they be able to reach agreement on a new deadline and inform the Commission in writing by a specific time. The amendments allow for parties to extend negotiations for up to three business days. The amendments also allow for separate negotiating schedules for the hand harvest and machine harvest cucumber crops.

The amendments to Regulation 440 became effective on October 15, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=18663&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900440

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 400: By-Laws for Local Boards

On October 21, 2015 the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 400: By-Laws for Local Boards, made under the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA), to revoke the specific quorum requirement for board meetings of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG). The OGVG's quorum requirement is now the same as all other local boards established under the FPMA.

The amendments to Regulation 400 became effective on November 13, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=18662&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900400

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 434: Tender Fruit - Plan and R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 433: Tender Fruit - Marketing

The amendments to add apricot production in Ontario to the authorities of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, under Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) of the Farm Products Marketing Act were made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and filed with the Registrar of Regulations on date of filing.

On October 21, 2015, under authority of the Farm Products Marketing Act, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission made consequential amendments to add apricot production in Ontario to Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing). The amendments to Regulation 433 were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on Friday, November 27, 2015.

The amendments to Regulations 433 and 434 become effective on January 1, 2016.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=19562&language=en

The regulations can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900433

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900434

Ontario Regulation 208/09: Tobacco - Powers of Local Board

On June 17, 2015, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended O. Reg. 208/09 (Tobacco - Powers of Local Board), made under the Farm Products Marketing Act, to revoke redundant regulatory authorities now that the Ministry of Finance has assumed the responsibility for licensing tobacco production in Ontario.

The amendments revoke the majority of the OFCTGMB's marketing authorities. Authorities that remain include the ability to stimulate the marketing and promotion of tobacco, provide voluntary services, and charge fees for services requested by producers. The amended regulation retains a provision requiring the Commission to approve any expenditure in excess of $25,000.

The amendments to O. Reg. 208/09 became effective on July 27, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=17822&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/090208

Ontario Regulation 484/09: Grain - Plan and Ontario Regulation 485/09: Grain - Marketing

The amendments to add oat and barley production in Ontario to the authorities of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, under Ontario Regulation 484/09 (Grain - Plan) of the Farm Products Marketing Act were made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and filed with the Registrar of Regulations on May 21, 2015.

On April 8, 2015, under authority of the Farm Products Marketing Act, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission made consequential amendments to add oat and barley production in Ontario to Ontario Regulation 485/09 (Grain - Marketing). The amendments to Ontario Regulation 485/09 were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on May 22, 2015.

The amendments to Ontario Regulations 484/09 and 485/09 become effective on July 1, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=17782&language=en

The regulations can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/090484

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/090485

Ontario Regulation 410: Fresh Grapes-Marketing

On May 21, 2015 the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended Regulation 410 (Fresh Grapes - Marketing), made under the Farm Products Marketing Act, to establish an industry advisory committee (IAC) for fresh grapes.

The IAC includes grower and dealer-shipper representatives. The mandate of the IAC for fresh grapes will be to advise and make recommendations to the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers Marketing Board and/or the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Advice will relate to promotion and marketing activities, improving quality, sharing information, and positioning the industry to identify and take advantage of opportunities that may exist to improve the industry.

The amendments to Regulation 410 became effective on June 4, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=18164&language=en

The regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900410

Ontario Regulation 272/14: Veal Cattle- Plan and Ontario Regulation 58/15 (Veal Cattle- Marketing)

Ontario Regulation 272/14 (Veal Cattle - Plan) creates a Plan for regulating the producing and marketing of veal cattle in Ontario and establishes a new local board called the Veal Farmers of Ontario to administer the Plan.

Ontario Regulation 273/14 amends Regulation 54 under the Beef Cattle Marketing Act to exempt veal cattle from that scheme such that licence fees and levies will no longer be payable to Beef Farmers of Ontario on intraprovincial sales of veal cattle.

Ontario Regulation 58/15 (Veal Cattle - Marketing) gives Veal Farmers of Ontario its powers including the power to make regulations providing for the licensing of persons engaging in the producing of veal cattle, the requirement for persons receiving veal cattle to deduct and remit licence fees payable to the new board, and the power to require persons to provide information to the local board.

Both Ontario Regulations 272/14 and 58/15 include a requirement for the marketing board to review the plan and marketing regulation with industry stakeholders within two full years of operation.

Ontario Regulations 272/14, 273/14 and 58/15 become effective on April 1, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16362&language=en

The regulations can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/140272

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/150058

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900054

Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan)

On December 10, 2014, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan), made under the Farm Products Marketing Act, to reduce the number of electoral districts from 5 to 2. The new district structure includes district 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and district 2, the rest of Ontario. The amendments to Regulation 411 were approved by the Minister on January 13, 2015. The regulation was filed on January 14, 2015 and became effective on January 14, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16803&language=en

The revised regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900411

Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) and Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing)

On December 11, 2014, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (the "Commission") amended Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing) and Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the name of the board to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and amend the structures of the fresh market and processing advisory committees. The amendments to Regulation 434 were approved by the Minister on January 13, 2015. The regulations were filed on January 14, 2015 and came into force on filing.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16502&language=en

The revised regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900433

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900434

Ontario Regulation 340/01 (Designation - Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association)

The amendment to Ontario Regulation 340/01 was made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on November 19, 2014. The annual fee payable to the OGGA by ginseng producers has been increased to $100/acre. The amendment came into force January 1, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16402&language=en

The revised regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/010340

Ontario Regulation 484/09 (Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans And Wheat) - Plan)

On November 19, 2014, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended Ontario Regulation 484/09 (Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans And Wheat) - Plan) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to allow the newly elected board to hold their first board meeting at any time after all the directors to the board have been elected, or in the case where a district is unable to elect a board member, after that district has notified the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) in writing that they are unable to do so. The amendments to Regulation 484/09 were approved by the Minister on December 18, 2014. The regulation was filed on December 23, 2014 and became effective on January 1, 2015.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16482&language=en

The revised regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/090484

R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking)

The amendment to R.R.O. 1990 Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking) was made by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on November 19, 2014. Subsection 8 (1) of Regulation 753 was amended to add the following paragraph 5.1: A container that is three litres. The amendment came into force November 19, 2014.

More information on the regulatory change can be found at:

www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16287&language=en

The revised regulation can be found at:

www.ontario.ca/laws/regulations/900753

2015 List of Arbitrators and Conciliators

Arbitrators

  • Barry Arbus
  • J. Brian Casey
  • Peter Cathcart
  • Christopher A.L. Caruana
  • Genevieve Chornenki
  • Lisa Feld
  • Patrick T. Galligan
  • John (Jack) Dawson Ground
  • William G. Horton
  • Marvin Huberman
  • Paul Jacobs
  • John Judge
  • Michael Kelly
  • Richard Krempulec
  • Dennis Lane
  • Barry Leon
  • Bruce MacDougall
  • Edward McDermontt
  • Richard McLaren
  • Derry Millar
  • Kathryn Munn
  • Norman Pickwell
  • Allan Stitt
  • Lynda C.E. Tanaka
  • Richard Weiler

Conciliators

  • Barry Arbus
  • Peter Cathcart
  • Christopher A.L. Caruana
  • Genevieve Chornenki
  • Lisa Feld
  • Patrick T. Galligan
  • John (Jack) Dawson Ground
  • William G. Horton
  • Marvin Huberman
  • Paul Jacobs
  • John Judge
  • Michael Kelly
  • Richard Krempulec
  • Dennis Lane
  • Barry Leon
  • Bruce MacDougall
  • Edward McDermontt
  • Richard McLaren
  • Derry Millar
  • Kathryn Munn
  • Norman Pickwell
  • Allan Stitt
  • Lynda C.E. Tanaka
  • Richard Weiler

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Author: OFPMC Staff
Creation Date: 23 March 2015
Last Reviewed: 20 April 2017