Proposed amendments to R. R. O. 1990 Regulation 418 (Greenhouse Vegetables - Plan) under the Farm Products Marketing Act
Regulation 418 (Greenhouse Vegetables - Plan)
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
The amendments to Regulation 418 (Greenhouse Vegetables - Plan) were made by the Commission on August 28, 2013 and approved by the Minister of Agriculture and Food on February 13, 2014. The Regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on February 14, 2014. The amendments came into force on February 14, 2014.
In addition to changing the term limits for serving on the board of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, the Commission made a number of housekeeping amendments to the regulation including updating the language around establishment of districts, revoking outdated references to the Co-operative Corporations Act and replacing them with a list of powers for the local board, revoking spent transitional provisions and adding a French translation of the regulation.
December 13, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
The OGVG has approached the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission requesting amendments to Regulation 418. The Commission has the authority under the Farm Products Marketing Act to make amendments to Regulation 418, subject to the approval of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
There are two districts described in Regulation 418; producers are divided into District 1, made up of producers from the counties of Essex, Kent and Lambton, and District 2 made up of producers from all other parts of Ontario.
There is currently no term limit for directors serving on the OGVG Board of Directors. The OGVG has determined that it wishes to allow increased opportunity for greenhouse vegetable growers to serve on the Board.
The Board believes there are important advantages to setting the term limit to six years, i.e. three consecutive two-year terms, before requiring a one year minimum break in service. By setting a term limit of six years before a break in service is required, it is felt that more growers will become involved with the board.
Directors are elected by staggering terms resulting in a minimal chance of a complete change in directors and an ongoing level of continuity on the board. Staggered terms for directors would continue under the proposed amendments.
In addition, the proposed amendments would allow flexibility in ensuring there was equal representation between the two districts. Should the growers be unable to elect a grower to serve as a director, or on a committee, the proposed amendments to Regulation 418 would grant the board the authority to appoint any grower to serve on a committee or on the board, regardless of whether or not that grower had completed a term of six consecutive years.
Ontario Farm Product Marketing Commission
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February 14, 2014