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Chicken Farmers of Ontario welcomes provincial Red Tape Reduction Challenge

BURLINGTON, ON – January 16, 2019 – Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) recently met with the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, to discuss reducing red tape to help farmer-members run their businesses more smoothly and contribute to the growth of agriculture in the province.
“CFO applauds the Ontario government for the ongoing commitment to growing business and supporting jobs in the province,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “The red tape reduction challenge initiative is something that CFO would describe as Minimum Effective Regulation (MER).”
MER describes robust and appropriate regulation, supported by relevant policies that are “fit for purpose” – concentrating on outcomes and include, wherever possible, clear, value-creating goals, targets, and benchmarks.
CFO has undertaken an internal process of consulting with farmer-members, specifically with the governance leadership team comprised of Board Directors and District Committee Representatives. These consultations have determined several areas for proposed policy review resulting in anticipated ‘red tape reduction’. The process is on-going, and there will be further opportunities for farmer-member engagement on these matters. 
“It’s clear that the Ontario government is ‘open for business’ – we fully support these initiatives and are pleased to be working in a consultative capacity to remove barriers and increase opportunities in the agricultural sector,” stated Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. 
CFO appreciates the leadership of the Ontario government in prioritizing the reduction of red tape in the agriculture and agri-food sector and looks forward to further collaboration.