Giving Farmers a Voice on Decisions that Matter to their Businesses
November 27th, 2018 - Ontario's Government for the People is taking action to cut
red tape, reduce regulatory burden and decrease costs and paperwork for the province's
"We're moving to help cut red tape and costs," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "We are proposing changes to ensure these regulations
work for our farmers so they can save money and participate in important events
without unnecessary red-tape."
The Ontario government recognizes the special nature of farming. Proposed regulatory
changes (under the Health Protection and Promotion Act) would reduce paperwork and
fees for livestock farmers by eliminating the requirement for rabies immunizations
for certain livestock at seasonal agricultural fairs.
Farming families have voiced their concerns and their confusion about new requirements,
under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, to display their livestock at seasonal
agricultural fairs, such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The requirement
that certain livestock must have rabies vaccinations means farmers, including young
members of 4H clubs, are required to spend extra time and money for veterinary fees.
"We appreciate our farmers and their important contribution to help feed Ontario
families. We're working to streamline regulations so farmers and 4-Hers can continue
to showcase their livestock at agricultural fairs without the hassle of red tape."
— Jeff Yurek MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London.
The proposed amendments are now posted on the Regulatory Registry, with comments
accepted until December 10, 2018.
To read the full list of proposed changes and provide your feedback, please visit: