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Chicken Farmers Bring Positive Message to Queen’s Park

CFO’s Annual Chicken Day Event attracts record participation from MPPs

TORONTO, ON – November 6, 2019 – Yesterday, the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) Board of Directors and six District Committee Representatives hosted Chicken Day at Queen’s Park – an annual event that brings chicken farmers and MPPs from across Ontario together to talk about the chicken industry.

Chicken farmers had 37 meetings with Ministers and MPPs from all parties and engaged with a total of 67 elected officials to talk chicken throughout the day.

The day started off with an in-depth meeting with the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss how CFO and the Ontario government are working together to provide leadership in the chicken industry, supply management sector, and in agriculture.

In addition to meetings, chicken farmers also attend Question Period and legislative proceedings throughout the day. In the evening, CFO was pleased to host the annual Chicken Wing Reception at Queen’s Park and set record attendance, with representatives of all parties voicing support for Ontario’s family-run chicken farms.

“Chicken farmers are proud to be pillars of our communities, providing local jobs, growing the local economy, and supporting those in need by donating fresh chicken to local food banks across Ontario,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “We had an excellent day at Queen’s Park, and we are thrilled with all parties committing to continue to support our 1,300 family-run farms, and renewing commitments to work with CFO, as together, we demonstrate leadership in the industry and across Ontario agriculture.”

“Working with government, we are committed to advancing sustainable, high-quality chicken agriculture and working to ensure prosperous livelihoods for all Ontario chicken farmers,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “We are proud of our partnerships and Chicken Day at Queen’s Park is an excellent opportunity to foster and maintain strong relationships with government and MPPs from across the province.”

CFO represents 1,300 family-run farms, in over 330 communities across the province. Ontario’s chicken farmers are an integral part of the value chain, that supports 22,000 jobs and contributes over $3.7 billion in economic activity each year.

In 2015, CFO launched a hunger relief program designed to assist Ontario chicken farmers to donate fresh chicken to food banks in their communities. About 500 chicken farmers are donating through the program, and we are on track to exceed 1.4 million meals this year alone.