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.

Upcoming Broad Sector Consultations

  • Broad industry consultations focused on opportunities for growth, innovation and sustainable change in the processing vegetable sector will be held in August - Meeting dates and details to be shared shortly.

Vegetable Processing Sector Economic Analysis

  • In response to the minister's directive, a detailed economic analysis of industry competitiveness and opportunities for growth is currently being developed by Al Mussel and Kevin Grier of Agri-Food Economic Systems. This work will be important to help identify opportunities for growth and innovation in the sector.
  • To complete this work, Mr. Mussel and Mr. Grier will be reaching out to growers, processors and other sector stakeholders to gather information and data. Industry support is greatly appreciated.

Stakeholder input is key to industry success. The Commission would like to hear your ideas around opportunities for growth, innovation and change - please submit your thoughts and suggestions at: ontariofarm.productsmarketing.omafra@ontario.ca.

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.
  • 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.

2017 Crop Negotiations

  • All 2017 crop negotiations have been completed and agreements are in place.
  • 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.

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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