Amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 418 (Greenhouse Vegetables - Plan) under the Farm Products Marketing Act
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 418 (Greenhouse Vegetables - Plan), under the Farm Products Marketing Act. Approval for the amendment was received by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on December 14, 2017. The amendment extends the consecutive term limit for board members from three consecutive two-year terms to five consecutive two-year terms and prohibits the appointment of a producer to the greenhouse vegetable board if that producer is not eligible for election.
The Regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations and became effective on January 24, 2018.
September 5, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Under Regulation 418, a producer may be elected to the board for three consecutive two-year terms, after which the producer has to take a mandatory one year off the board.
OGVG has determined that the consecutive term limit in Regulation 418 is too restrictive and has led to significant turnover of board members which has compromised progress on key issues that the board has been working on. The board also faces challenges with the limited pool of producers, especially in District 2, that are capable and willing to serve on the board.
OGVG feels that its industry would be better served by extending the number of consecutive terms a producer can serve because this would facilitate better continuity of board operations and would provide the board with sufficient time to identify, train and prepare producers to become successful board members.
In May 2017, the Commission supported the OGVG request to amend Regulation 418 in order to extend the number of consecutive terms from three consecutive two-year terms to five consecutive two-year terms.
Regulation 418 allows for the appointment of producers to the board when there are vacancies on the board. In addition to supporting the OGVG request, the Commission proposed a further amendment to Regulation 418 to clarify that a producer cannot be appointed to the greenhouse vegetable board if that producer is not eligible to be elected.
This amendment would eliminate the possibility of a board member avoiding the mandatory one year break in service by being appointed to the board for a one year term to fill a vacancy after having served three consecutive two-year terms. That board member would then be eligible for re-election after having served as an appointee for one year.
Consecutive term limits are one tool the Commission uses to encourage positive board renewal. For this reason, the Commission felt it was important to ensure that the wording of the regulation aligned with the original intent of including consecutive term limits in the regulation.
The Commission has authority to make regulations amending plans under the Farm Products Marketing Act subject to approval by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Farm Products Marketing Commission
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January 24, 2018