Municipal impediments to the growth of the Ontario Agri-food sector will be one of the main topics of discussion when the Ontario Federation of Agriculture hosts its first Policy Advisory Council meeting of the year on Feb. 4.
According to the OFA, Ontario is the major player in the province’s economy, generating $34 billion per year in GDP and sustaining more than 740,000 jobs.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has challenged the Ontario Agri-food sector to double its annual growth and create 120,000 jobs by the year 2020. The Premier has also committed to working across Ministry lines and, where necessary, levels of government, to assist in meeting the challenge.
The OFA Policy Advisory Council (PAC) is looking to hear from farmers and the entire Agri-food sector, what municipal level impediments to growth they are facing. In many cases the municipalities themselves have their hands tied with some pieces of legislation that the provincial government requires them to implement, says the OFA.
The organization is asking people to send examples of municipal level impediments to growth to the OFA Member Service Representative in their county (contact information available at www.ofa.on.ca) or to Nadine Gill, Member Service Support Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The information collected will be presented by the PAC representatives at the Feb. 4 meeting.