Proposed amendments to Regulation 415 (Grapes for Processing - Plan) under the Farm Products Marketing Act.
Regulation 415 (Grapes for Processing - Plan)
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
The amendments to Regulation 415 (Grapes for Processing - Plan) under the Farm Products Marketing Act were made by the Commission on January 16, 2014 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, and came into force on February 14, 2014.
November 20, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) has requested these amendments. The Commission has the authority under the Farm Products Marketing Act to make regulations amending plans for control and regulation of the producing or marketing within Ontario of any farm product subject to the approval of the Minister of Agriculture and Food.
Regulation 415 stipulates the number of delegates which may be elected to the Grape Growers' Committee from each of the six districts. The Grape Growers' Committee is made up of a total of twenty one delegates and this will remain unchanged. Each district is guaranteed at least one delegate on the Grape Growers' Committee and one director on the board.
Regulation 415 does not reference the ratio or the methodology used to determine the number of delegates by district allotted to the Grape Growers' Committee, it only stipulates the number of delegates.
The GGO uses a formula to calculate the number of Grape Growers' Committee delegates per district.
The GGO governance committee reviews the governance structure at least once every five years. In March 2013, the committee recommended that the formula weighting be adjusted to 60 percent on grower numbers and 40 percent on production.
The result of using this revised formula is that the Grape Growers' Committees in District 2 and 4 would have their delegates reduced by one, and District 1 would gain two delegates. The number of directors per district would not change.
Ontario Farm Product Marketing Commission
1 Stone Rd. W., Guelph, ON, N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519 826-3397
Fax: 519 826-3400
February 14, 2014