Identifying municipal level impediments to meet the Premiers Agri-Food Challenge.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture will be holding their first 2016 Policy Advisory Council (PAC) meeting on February 4. One of the main topics of discussion will be identifying municipal level impediments to the growth of the Ontario Agri-food sector. The topic of municipal impediments was recently identified as an issue by OFA members that approached the Perth County Federation of Agriculture Board. In response, the delegates representing Perth County to the OFA Convention presented the topic as a resolution, asking for OFA to collect examples of municipal level impediments to growth, from its membership. This resolution was supported by the Convention delegates. The Agri-food sector in Ontario is the major player in Ontario’s economy, generating 34 Billion/year in GDP and sustaining more than 740,000 jobs. Premier Wynne challenged the Ontario Agri-food sector to double its annual growth and create 120,000 jobs by the year 2020. The Premier also committed to working across Ministry lines, and where necessary across 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. Please send your examples of municipal level impediments to growth to the OFA Member Service Representative for Perth & Huron, Margaret Vincent, margaret.vincent@ofa.on.ca or 1-800-511-1135 by February 1st . The information collected will be presented by the Perth PAC representatives at the February 4 meeting.