FAQs for Ontario's Risk Management Program

Why aren't all sectors eligible for these programs?

The 2011 provincial budget announcement on Risk Management Programs is the culmination of years of work on the part of Ontario's farmers. With the leadership of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition, the commodity organizations developed their own proposals - proposals that are supported by their members because they meet the needs of their members.

Can I enroll in more than one RMP program?

Yes, provided you meet the eligibility requirements for each particular program.

Why do I have to participate in AgriStability and/or Production Insurance?

Ontario's Risk Management Program will complement rather than replace the existing suite of BRM programs like AgriStability by providing additional protection for farmers against rising input costs and market price volatility.

Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of all available risk management tools, including AgriStability, to stabilize their invome and minimize their business risk.

That being said, participation in AgriStability is voluntary for the 2011 program year as the enrolment deadline for these programs has already passed.

Premises Identification is a sound business practice and we encourage all agri-food operators to participate. It is also a critical first step in building an effective traceability system; the more people who participate, the better the system is. Many farmers are already participating.

Why is the Risk Management Program an "advance" on AgriStability?

Payments from the Risk Management Program, including the Self-Directed Risk Management Program, are an advance on the province's 40 per cent share of your AgriStability payment. Participants will keep the greater of the two payments. The federal government's 60 per cent share of the AgriStability payment is unaffected. The treatment of RMP/SDRM as an advance on AgriStability has always been part of industry's program proposal.

Is there an appeals process?

A participant in the Risk Management Program, including the Self-Directed Risk Management Program, who disagrees with Agricorp's application of the program should contact Agricorp to use Agricorp's escalation process. Should this process not be satisfactory, the producer may make a written request to the Agricultural Information Contact Centre for a review of the file by the Business Risk Management Review Committee (BRMRC). Reviews granted in accordance with the program rules will be sent to the BRMRC. The BRMRC can make non-binding recommendations to Agricorp regarding the reviews heard.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca