Review of the Farm Business Registration Program.
O. Reg. 723/93
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act
Summary of Decision:
O. Reg. 50/14 was filed on March 6, 2014 with the Registrar of Regulations. The regulation amended O. Reg. 723/93 and O. Reg. 363/12, both established under the FRFOFA.
The amendments to O. Reg. 723/93 will:
1. clarify and update the eligibility criteria for accreditation/ re-accreditation of farm organizations;
2. authorize the use of an annual "short form" for recurring registrants. The short form would include basic tombstone and income data. A farming business would be required to confirm annually that the information on the short form is correct or update it as and when it changes;
3. reduce the frequency of "long form" data collection. Recurring registrants would be required to submit the "long form" in 2015 and in 5 year intervals thereafter (instead of annually). The requirement for new registrants to submit the long form will continue; and
4. update the eligibility criteria for the accreditation of a francophone organization to reflect the changes made to the eligibility criteria for accreditation/re-accreditation.
With the exception of a consequential amendment related to the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, the regulation will be effective on July 1, 2014.
Some of the issues identified in the consultation paper would require changes to the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993. Suggestions regarding these issues will be considered if and when additional steps are taken to amend the Act.
July 30, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
The Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act was enacted in 1993. As part of its regular review of programs and legislation, the ministry is reviewing the process and the requirements around the program.
The primary objectives of the review are to determine:
1. What, if any, changes are required to the accreditation process;
2. What should the eligibility criteria be for accredited farm organizations;
3. What, if any, changes are required to ensure that the registration and/or membership process is simple and efficient for farm businesses, accredited farm organizations and Agricorp (administrator of the program); and
4. What, if any, changes are required to the regulatory requirements to make them consistent with government policy intentions and current practice.
Stakeholder views and concerns will inform and help shape final recommendations to the Minister of Agriculture and Food regarding possible legislative and regulatory changes.
The items in the paper are not intended to be exhaustive or definitive. Additional comments or suggestions and perspectives beyond the identified items are welcome. The ministry is looking for feedback on several issues including: (1) who should be responsible for accreditation and whether the role of the ministry should be expanded; (2) what the criteria should be for farm organizations to be accredited; (3) whether the costs to process refunds should be non-refundable; and (4) whether the minimum gross farm income should be adjusted.
Farm Finance Branch
1 Stone Road, West, 2nd Floor,
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2
July 1, 2014