Amendment to O. Regulation 123/04 (Apples – Plan) to ensure adequate producer representation in each of five districts under the governance structure of the Ontario Apple Growers
Ontario Regulation 123/04 (Apples – Plan)
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs approved the amendment to Ontario Regulation 123//04 (Apples – Plan) on June 17, 2010; the revised regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on June 18, 2010.
December 21, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
Early in 2010, the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG) approached the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to request an amendment to Section 8 of Ontario Regulation 123/04 (Apples – Plan) under the Farm Products Marketing Act. With this amendment to a Minister’s regulation, the OAG sought to ensure that every District Apple Producers’ Committee would be comprised of at least three members.
Under the OAG’s governance structure, the province is subdivided into five districts. Within each district, OAG members elect a committee to speak for the interests of local apple growers and to serve as liaisons between the OAG and the local growers. The OAG wanted to ensure that there was adequate representation from apple growers in each of its five districts, as well as on the Board of Directors.
In the fall of 2009, producers were informed about the proposed changes. Producers supported the request to amend Regulation 123/04 to ensure that each District would have a minimum of three producers on each District Apple Producers’ Committee, regardless of the total number of producers in the district.
The number of apple producers in Ontario is in decline; the amendment to the regulation was designed to ensure adequate representation at the District level.
Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission
1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1G 4Y2
June 18, 2010