Minister's letter to the Grain Financial Protection Board

Jim Campbell
Chair, Grain Financial Protection Board
1 Stone Road, West
Box 3660, Stn Central
Guelph, ON N1H 8M4

Dear Mr. Campbell:

I am pleased to write to you in your capacity as Chair of the Grain Financial Protection Board. Pursuant to the requirements of the Agencies and Appointments Directive (AAD), this letter sets out my expectations for Grain Financial Protection Board for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Ontario's board-governed agencies are vital partners in ensuring the delivery of high quality services to Ontarians. The people of Ontario depend on you to provide leadership to the Grain Financial Protection Board and stakeholders. Together with your fellow board members, the people of Ontario rely on you to establish the goals, objectives, and strategic direction for the Grain Financial Protection Board consistent with its mandate, government policies, and my directions where appropriate. I thank you for your willingness to serve.

As you plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year, I expect the Grain Financial Protection Board to focus on the below items and look forward to seeing these addressed in the agency's annual business plan:

  • Ensuring long-term sustainability and effective management of the Funds for grain corn, soybeans, wheat and canola producers to ensure financial compensation is available to producers to help make everyday life easier for Ontario farmers. I expect the Board to annually measure the performance of the Funds against established targets and have a prudent investment policy in force that is reviewed annually.
  • Continuing to investigate and adjudicate claims in a fair and equitable manner. I expect the Board to have claim adjudication guidelines, established operational procedures as well as effective customer service in supporting Ontario farmers with the processing of claims and ensuring that the adjudication process is fair and has minimal delays.
  • The Ontario government has set a target that, by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency. I expect that by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to the Grain Financial Protection Board.
  • Continue the good work in meeting all AAD provisions and requirements.

I look forward to the continued partnership between the Grain Financial Protection Board and OMAFRA, and to hearing about your progress on these commitments in your agency's annual report.

Sincerely,

Jeff Leal
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


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