The OFVGA has updated its members on the key issues and files that the organization is currently tackling on behalf of growers. They identify three main issues:
Edible Horticulture Support Program (EHSP)
The provincial government will not be proceeding with the second installment of the Edible Horticulture Support Program. The program was a two-year commitment originally announced by the previous government, with an initial payment of $30 million distributed to growers in 2018. OMAFRA is communicating directly with all affected growers.
Latest status: OFVGA appreciates legislative efforts by the provincial government to create a better business climate for growers, such as repealing cap-and-trade and holding minimum wage at $14 per hour until 2020, and will continue to work with government to look for additional ways to support the competitiveness of the sector.
Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM)
OFVGA has been meeting with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister’s Office to discuss the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) program and how it is working for growers. A follow up meeting is planned in the coming weeks.
Latest status: OFVGA’s goal is to ensure the program continues to operate effectively and is meeting the needs of fruit and vegetable growers.
Canadian Horticultural Council annual meeting
OFVGA representatives are attending the annual meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council in Halifax this week. CHC works on behalf of growers on issues of national scope, including trade, labour and crop protection.
Latest status: Delegates will be debating 22 resolutions at the CHC AGM, of which nine have been submitted by Ontario.