Vegetable Processing Industry - Directive Updates

The Commission is continuing its work with the processing vegetable sector to help maximize opportunities for growth, innovation and sustainable change to help develop positive sector renewal for the long term.

On August 17, 2016, Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs directed the Commission to develop an engagement plan to consult with interested processing vegetable stakeholders, including producers and processors, around any proposed amendments to the regulatory framework for the industry (Regulation 440).

The work that has been done, and continues to be done, ensures that we support stakeholder needs and their long term economic viability, while maintaining regulated marketing in Ontario.

November 2017 Processing Vegetable Industry Consultations

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission would like hear your thoughts on proposed changes to Regulation 440 that will help grow a competitive and prosperous processing vegetable industry in Ontario.

Consultation sessions, facilitated by MNP, will be held in November to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes that have been posted to the Regulatory Registry. There are two sessions offered; please see below for the details:

Date Location Time
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

John D. Bradley Chatham-Kent Convention Centre, Ballroom A
565 Richmond Street
Chatham, ON N7M 1R2

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Delta Hotels by Marriott - London Armouries, Armouries Ballroom
325 Dundas Street
London, ON N6B 1T9

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to make one of these dates, feel free to submit written comments before December 11, 2017 to: or through the Regulatory Registry.

Proposed Regulation 440 Amendments

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 440: Vegetables for Processing - Marketing.

Details of the proposed amendments will be posted on the Service Ontario Regulatory Registry until December 11, 2017.

Stakeholder input is key to industry success. The Commission would like to hear your ideas. Please submit your thoughts and suggestions via the Regulatory Registry or at:

August 2017 Broad Sector Consultations

During the week of August 14, 2017, the Commission held four consultation sessions, facilitated by Meyers Norris Penny (MNP), to gather input and feedback on what changes are required to help the processing vegetable industry become more competitive and prosperous.

Three sessions (August 14, 15 and 16) were held for processing vegetable stakeholders and one session (August 18) was held for those not directly involved in the industry.

Vegetable Processing Sector Economic Analysis

In response to the minister's directive, a detailed economic analysis of industry competitiveness and opportunities for growth has been developed by Al Mussel and Kevin Grier of Agri-Food Economic Systems.

To complete this work, Mr. Mussel and Mr. Grier reached out to growers, processors and other sector stakeholders to gather information and data.

February 2017 Processing Vegetable Industry Consultations

An open consultation meeting was held with all interested vegetable stakeholders on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Chatham. During the meeting, stakeholders discussed opportunities for collaboration within the industry, ways to improve relationships, as well as a potential pilot project that would feature some direct contracting capabilities for the 2017 tomato crop. February 16, 2017 Consultation Report

A separate workshop was held with only tomato growers and processors on February 23, 2017 in Chatham as an opportunity to discuss potential solutions to help resolve issues around Regulation 440. February 23, 2017 Consultation Report

2017 Crop Negotiations

2017 negotiation committees included growers who had participated in OPVG negotiations previously, as well as growers who were new to the process.

The new negotiating committee setup allowed processors to negotiate with growers who would be contracting with them, as well as growers with negotiating experience to participate and be heard.

Additional Information

Mar 3, 2017 - Statement from the OFPMC Interim Chair, Jim Clark

Mar 3, 2017 - Minister's Statement Regarding OPVG Changes

Aug 17, 2016 - Directive to Farm Marketing Products Commission

Jun 28, 2016 - Proposed amendments to Regulation 440 (Vegetables for Processing - Marketing) under the Farm Products Marketing Act to remove the provisions establishing negotiating agencies and to add provisions establishing an industry advisory committee

Feb 5, 2016 - Proposed amendments to Regulation 440 (Vegetables for Processing - Marketing) under the Farm Products Marketing Act to ensure active grower participation in the negotiating agencies for vegetables for processing

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