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Government of Ontario reaffirms support for supply management in meetings with CFO

TORONTO, ON - April 28, 2017 - This week Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) Chair Ed Benjamins and President and CEO Rob Dougans met with Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal as well as representatives from the Premier’s Office and the Government caucus to discuss strategies to manage upcoming Canada/US trade negotiations and its possible implications for supply managed sectors industries. Leal reaffirmed the Ontario Governments longstanding support for supply management and his Government’s efforts to ensure that its value is understood by Canadians.

Among other topics CFO discussed were the Board’s efforts to manage ongoing industry growth, to evolve the industry’s programs and policies to meet new and emerging consumer markets (Specialty Breeds, Artisanal Chicken, kosher chicken), and new opportunities for the chicken sector to develop new markets. CFO also presented its recent Economic Contribution Study of the Ontario Chicken Industry which breaks down the chicken industry economic impacts on a county-by-county basis.

CFO regularly visits Queen’s Park and the House of Commons to help promote and educate parliamentarians and staff members on the Ontario chicken industry. In addition to the Minister, CFO also met with his Parliamentary Assistant, Grant Crack (MPP for Glengarry-Prescott- Russell) and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment Arthur Potts (MPP for Beaches-East York).

Pictured: Minister Jeff Leal addressing Ontario chicken farmers at the 2017 CFO AGM.