THE VOICE OF ONTARIO'S FRUIT, VEGETABLE
AND GREENHOUSE PRODUCERS FOROVER 150 YEARS

Standing policy: Marketing and Trade

  • Buy Ontario buy Canadian policy (06-01)

    WHEREAS the US Farm Bill provides significant benefits to U.S. farmers through the “Domestic Feeding Program” component which provides funding to government institutions (including military, schools, hospitals, etc.); and

    WHEREAS to be eligible to participate in the program, the agricultural products must be “Produced in the U.S.”; and

    WHEREAS the Canadian Government does not have a similar program in Canada therefore, these institutions are free to purchase whatever and wherever they please; and

    WHEREAS Canadian agricultural industry would benefit immensely from a program similar to the “Domestic Feeding Program”

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Minister Leona Dombrowsky be urged to Champion the institution of a Canadian Domestic Feeding Program with the Federal Government and further that Minister Dombrowsky Champion a “Buy Ontario Program” to set an example for the federal government and demonstrate the support of the Ontario government towards a “Healthier Ontario Policy” utilizing Ontario fresh and processed fruits and vegetables for all Ontario funded institutions. 

  • Equitable funding with Foodland (06-13)

    WHEREAS Foodland Ontario has been the cornerstone for all fruit & vegetable promotion; 

    AND WHEREAS Foodland Ontario has always shown equitable treatment to all Fruit & Vegetable commodities, large & small;

    AND WHEREAS there appears to be a change in policy so that small commodities pay full cost while large commodity groups do not;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OFVGA investigate and ensure that all commodities receive fair and equitable treatment regarding promotion opportunities with Foodland Ontario.

    Background:  6 Major commodities enjoy a TV campaign that we are led to believe carried no cost to those commodities.  If, in fact, that is the case, then small groups are disadvantaged irregardless of available budgets.  We ask, if the above is true, that OFVGA investigate if this decision is within Foodland Ontario or is a result of political intervention.  We ask that we all have equal opportunities to promote our products with Foodland Ontario.

  • Foreign competitors dumping produce into Canadian markets (08-01)

    WHEREAS; when our foreign competitors have excess produce, they tend to sell it to buyers in Canada at lower than their cost of production (dumping); and

    WHEREAS; this practice, particularly, when the produce does not have a buyer seriously affects the market price of that commodity regardless of quality; and

    WHEREAS; the current rules under NAFTA and countervail laws would preclude an actionable claim from Canada due to dumping not occurring over an annualized basis; and

    WHEREAS; other countries’ governments fund trade actions for their producers.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the OGVG and CHC to determine how we can address dumping of foreign product during specific months of the year when Ontario produce is available, resulting in serious margin declines, and

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the OGVG and CHC to lobby government to provide funding to producer organizations to fight trade actions.

  • Fresh fruit and vegetable grade standards (08-05)

    WHEREAS; the greenhouse vegetable industry continues to remain sustainable by adding value and new products based on marketplace demand; however, the current grade standards force some of our products to be labeled as No. 2 because they do not fit the current grade definitions (mini-cucumbers, tomatoes on the vine, and cocktail tomatoes); and

    WHEREAS; the OGVG is working with the CFIA on test markets of mini-cucumbers and tomatoes on the vine to permit the marketing of these commodities while the regulatory amendment process permanently changes the grade standards which is extremely time-consuming and resource intensive for government; and

    WHEREAS; new products are continually being developed that will require further test markets.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA continue to work with the OGVG, OPMA, and CHC to ensure timely changes to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations and request that the CFIA work towards making the necessary regulatory and legislative changes to allow the referencing of documents outside of regulations that contain, for example, grade standards, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal government be requested to make any necessary changes to streamline and expedite the ability to publish referenced documents where full industry support for changes has been indicated.

  • Mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) on imported produce (09-03)

    WHEREAS Canada has many different countries importing product into its supply chain; and

    WHEREAS Canadian producers need to be responsible for Country of Origin labels on our product;

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the CHC aggressively pursue the requirement for COOL labeling on imported produce.

  • Market access/retention program proposal (07-11)

    WHEREAS the USDA programming includes the “Market Access Program (MAP)” which provides funds to agricultural organizations for export market development including Canada, and

    WHEREAS Canadian producers are disadvantaged as there is no equivalent program available in Canada, and

    WHEREAS MAP funding is being used to aggressively capture market share displacing the Canadian production.

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA and CHC aggressively lobby to Canadian government for a Canadian Market Access Program designed to provide funding for export market development as well as domestic market retention.

  • Need for enforcement of zero tolerance at the Canadian border (08-03)

    WHEREAS; with the global trade of produce, there is an increase in the potential of new invasive pests and pathogens to become established in the Canadian agriculture systems.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the OGVG and CHC to ensure that the CFIA and the Canadian Border Services Agency enforces zero tolerance for new, invasive pests and pathogens as well as for pesticide residues in harmonization with the U.S., and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such resources be used to monitor imports for pesticide residues and microbial pathogens to ensure that imports are compliant with Health Canada’s Directives on pesticide residue limits and Health Canada’s desire to prevent food borne illness.

  • Need for increased enforcement staff (08-02)

    WHEREAS; importers are bringing produce into Canada from all over the world for many reasons, but largely for the cheaper prices to improve their margins, and

    WHEREAS; these products are coming into Canada with no labels (containers are labeled but not individual pieces of product).  This practice threatens Canada’s market access to the United States, the health of Canadian agriculture industry, and the health of Canadians,

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the OGVG and CHC to lobby for the requirement that all produce should come into Canada with a product type and country of origin identifier as this would reduce the amount of produce from foreign countries that is misrepresented as Canadian, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the OFVGA along with the OGVG and CHC lobby AAFC to ensure that CFIA has enough resources to enforce the current regulations under the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and / or changes to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations of the Canadian Agricultural Products Act together with the necessary resources.

  • Ontario Market Investment Fund (OMIF) (2011-04)

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program is scheduled to end after 2011; and

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been highly successful and beneficial to Ontario’s agricultural producers for the promotion and market development of their fresh and processed products; and

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been very complimentary to the Buy Local Food Movement;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA, OFA and the OACC lobby the Ontario government for the extension and expansion of the OMIF program.

  • Ontario Market Investment Fund (OMIF) (2012-12)

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program is scheduled to end on March 31, 2012; and

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been highly successful and beneficial to Ontario’s agricultural producers for the promotion and market development of their fresh and processed products; and

    WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been very complimentary to the Buy Local Food Movement;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA strongly lobby the Ontario government for the extension and expansion of the OMIF program.

  • Returnable plastic shipping containers (PRSC) and the FPCA fees (99-10)

    WHEREAS the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has been involved in the introduction of returnable plastic shipping containers (RPSC), and

    WHEREAS a number of retailers have signed on with third party providers for the use of RPSC’s, and

    WHEREAS the use of RPSC’s will impact on the finances of the association, and

    WHEREAS it will be important for the association to receive funding from a RPSC program.

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the membership agrees to pay the container fee on the use of RPSC’s and

    BE IT FURTHER resolved that the OFVGA Board of Directors discuss this with the various third party providers and other industry members as soon as possible.