Q&As Re: Proposed Changes to OPVG Governance

What changes are being proposed?

  • To better support growth and innovation in the sector, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) is proposing updates to the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers' (OPVG) governance structure.
  • Proposed amendments include a Commission-appointed Chair, establishing staggered terms, updating quorum rules, and instituting consecutive term and lifetime service limits for board members.
  • As part of its proposal, the OPVG will hold elections for four board members in fall 2017.
  • To provide stability during the transition period, the Commission is also recommending appointing four board members in 2017 for a one year term.
  • The proposed changes have been implemented for other marketing boards and are aligned with current best practices when creating or amending marketing board plan regulations.
  • Examples include the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Ontario Bean Growers and Ontario Pork.

Have these changes been made to other boards?

  • The proposed changes have been implemented for other marketing boards and are aligned with current best practices when creating or amending marketing board plan regulations.
  • Examples include the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Ontario Bean Growers and Ontario Pork.
  • The Commission also has a history of appointing directors to boards for periods of transition. For example, this occurred during the formation of the Ontario Bean Growers in 2013.

Why are these changes being proposed?

  • To better support growth and innovation in the sector, the Commission is proposing updates to the OPVG's governance structure.
  • The proposed changes have been implemented for other marketing boards and are aligned with current best practices when creating or amending marketing board plan regulations.

Have growers, processors and the OPVG staff been consulted in this proposal?

  • The Commission notified the OPVG that they would be making proposed changes to their governance structure prior to the formal posting being made.
  • The proposed changes are currently on the regulation registry for 45 days, during which time growers, processors, OPVG and other interested parties are welcome to submit their comments for consideration. Public comments will be accepted until July 31, 2017.

What will be the timeline for this change? Will the new board be operational in time for the next negotiations (onions and cucumbers) between growers and processors?

  • The proposed changes are currently on the regulation registry for 45 days, during which time growers, processors, OPVG and other interested parties are welcome to submit their comments for consideration. Public comments will be accepted until July 31, 2017.
  • The new board will be in place in fall 2017.

How will the Commission choose the four appointed board members?

  • The Commission will work with the Trustee to notify growers of the proposed governance changes and invite interested parties to apply for an appointed position.

Why is the Commission appointing a chair?

  • To better support growth and innovation in the sector, the Commission is proposing updates to the OPVG's governance structure.
  • The proposed changes have been implemented for other marketing boards and are aligned with current best practices when creating or amending marketing board plan regulations.
  • The Commission has previously appointed an external chair when boards have been realigned and this approach has been quite successful.
  • For example, the chair of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has been appointed by the Commission for over a decade.

How long will the current trustee be in place?

  • The trustee's appointment will continue until the first meeting of the new OPVG board of directors in fall 2017.

Where can I find out more information on the proposed changes? When are these changes taking place?

  • Details of the changes are currently posted for public comment on the provincial Regulatory Registry for 45 days.
  • The last day to submit comments is July 31, 2017.
  • The Commission intends to have amendments in place in time for 2017 board elections this fall.

How are these proposed changes related to the directive the Minister issued in August of last year?

  • The proposed changes are not related to the Minister's directive issued in August 2016.
  • These changes are being proposed to help foster innovation and growth in the vegetable processing sector.

For more information:
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