In a roundtable prior to the Quebec City meeting,OFVGA communicated the key priorities. They included financial protection, access to labour, crop protection, business risk management, trade and plastics.
Provincial issues such as the future of the Ontario Food Terminal continue to simmer over the summeragainst the backdrop of a fall federal election reports Gordon Stock.
The last official horticultural lobbying event before the federal election was held on May 7 in Ottawa. Besides a food policy for Canada, crop protection and financial protection for growers, other files are in play.
OFVGA’s first Lobby Day was staged the day before the release of the Ontario budget. Columnist Gordon Stock shares the highlights.
A number of issues are in play, but the imposition of an April 1 carbon tax in Ontario and several other provinces is top priority.
The OFVGA has been active in submitting position statements to the provincial government on a host of issues. Foodland Ontario, the Edible Horticulture Support Program, Risk Management Program, carbon pricing and Ontario Food Terminal are just a few.
Ontario’s Bill 66, Restoring Ontario Competitiveness Act, looks at changes that would allow municipalities to circumvent development rules in the Greenbelt.
Bill 66 was introduced on December 6, 2018 and represents amendments to acts involving a dozen ministries, and is intended to increase the competitiveness of doing business in Ontario.
During a hectic fall, OFVGA participated in lobbying at the national level including the annual Fall Harvest event on Parliament Hill.
This column is to keep you informed about the key issues that OFVGA is tackling on behalf of Onta