Proposal to amend R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 411 (Fresh Grape – Plan)
R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes – Plan)
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
Amendments to Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan) were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on February 9, 2011; the amendments came into force on that day. Amendments reduced the number of districts of the Fresh Grape Growers Marketing Board from six to five, and changed the ratio of committee representatives to growers from 1:30 to 1:10. Minor housekeeping amendments were also made to the regulation to ensure consistency with other recently amended regulations related to marketing board plans.
November 10, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Fresh Grape Growers Marketing Board (the “Board”) has requested that Regulation 411 under the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA) be amended to allow for a revised governance structure of the Board. The proposed changes would reduce the number of Board districts from six to five, and would change the ratio of growers to committee representatives from 1 to 30 to 1 to 10.
In recent years, smaller growers of older varieties have left the industry reducing the number of growers in Ontario. Today, there are less than 130 growers and the Board’s current governance structure is no longer suitable to its needs.
The proposed amendments are non-contentious; the proposals for the new governance structure were approved at the Board’s March 2010 Annual General Meeting.
The specific proposed changes include:
1. Realign the current Board Districts to incorporate the cities of Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold and Port Colborne, and the towns of Fort Erie and Pelham into the City of St. Catharines (the current District 3).
2. All other areas in Ontario not included in the revised districts would be incorporated with Grimsby, the Township of West Lincoln and Hamilton – Wentworth (current District 6).
3. Change the ratio of growers to grower committee representatives to 1 to 10.
In addition, it is proposed that minor housekeeping amendments be made to the wording of Regulation 411 regarding the powers of the board. These proposed changes do not alter the powers, but, will ensure that the language in the regulation is consistent with that in other recently amended plans under the FPMA.
Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission
1 Stone Rd W, 5 e étage SO, Guelph, ON, N1G 4Y2
Phone: (519) 826-3401
Fax: (519) 826-3400
February 9, 2011