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What We Have Been Working on for You: OFVGA Activities Update November 2019

What We're Working on For You

This monthly newsletter is to keep you, our members, informed about what the key issues and files are that OFVGA is currently tackling on behalf of growers.

Top Issues

Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

The legislature resumed sitting last month and the provincial government announced its Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, legislation designed to reduce red tape across several provincial ministries. A summary of all the proposed changes can be found here: (insert hyperlink: http://files.news.ontario.ca.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/medg/en/learnmore/making_ontario_work_better_for_people_smarter_for_business/191029%20Fall%20Red%20Tape%20Package%20BackgrounderX.pdf?_ga=2.113903879.1829362596.1572346903-1897576858.1567176970). Some of the highlights of changes with impact on agriculture and/or horticulture include:

Transitioning Ontario’s Permit To Take Water system to an online system to permit electronic issuing of permits
Simplifying accessing or renewing coverage for agricultural production insurance under the Agricultural Products Insurance Act
Lengthening the accreditation period of general farm organizations
Bringing Ontario’s pesticide classification system in line with that of the federal government to enable timely access to crop protection products and streamlining restrictions on neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed

 
Latest status: OFVGA is reviewing the proposed legislation and will be submitting comments to the government. If you have any specific comments you wish OFVGA to include as part of the submission, please contact us.

OFVGA fall lobby day

OFVGA will be heading to Queen’s Park later this month for a lobby day. This follows on the success of the organization’s first such provincial event this past spring. OFVGA’s elected representatives and staff will be focusing on red tape reduction, protecting and strengthening provincial risk management programming for the horticulture sector, and ensuring that Foodland Ontario remains an effective partnership between government and Ontario farmers and food producers.

Latest status: OFVGA will be reporting on the outcomes of the Lobby Day in next month’s update. 

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For more information on any items in this newsletter, please contact Gordon Stock, Senior Policy and Government Relations Advisor, at gstock@ofvga.org or 519-763-6160, ext. 125.