Proposed amendments to Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the district and governance structures.
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
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.
October 24, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan) currently establishes five growing districts. Each district has a growers' committee, with the number of members based on the number of growers in the district. In turn, each committee elects a specific number of growers to the local board.
The number of fresh grape growers has declined to approximately 100, making the current district and electoral system unworkable. The board has requested amendments to Regulation 411 to reflect the declining number of growers.
The board has requested that four of the growing districts (2 through 5) be amalgamated into one district. District 1 (Town of Niagara on the Lake) would not change. If approved, there would be an almost equal number of growers in the two districts. The growing conditions in District 1 are significantly different than outside of the area. The proposed amalgamation would ensure the board has representation from these differing areas.
The board has requested that each of the two proposed growing districts have five growers on the relevant growers' committee. This would ensure that each committee has enough growers to make it operational. The main purpose of the committees is to provide information to the board to enable the board to make appropriate pricing and promotion decisions.
The board size would remain at seven members. The number of board members elected by the District 1 growers' committee would increase to three from two. The new district would also elect three board members. Currently, Districts 2 through 5 each elect one board member. One board member would continue to be elected at-large from either district. If any vacancies occur, the board could appoint board members from either district.
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January 14, 2015