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Talking Chicken with Federal Candidates

Ontario’s chicken farmers engage with all political parties to support local chicken farming communities


BURLINGTON, ON – September 18, 2019 – On behalf of Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s (CFO) 1,300 family-farms, CFO’s Board of Directors and District Committee Representatives are bringing greater awareness of the chicken business to federal election candidates across the province.

In partnership with the Chicken Farmers of Canada, CFO is meeting with candidates, hosting farm tours, and encouraging candidates to demonstrate their support for local chicken farmers through social media or by hanging posters in their campaign offices.

Already, CFO representatives have engaged with over 30 candidates.

 “We are eager to meet with federal election candidates and provide some education about the impacts of the chicken industry in communities across the province,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “Our family-farms work hard to provide premium Ontario chicken that is trusted, healthy, safe and locally-grown to Ontario consumers.”

Ontario’s chicken value chain contributes over $3.7 billion to Ontario’s economy and supports over 22,000 jobs; making the chicken industry an important part of local communities.

“Through the responsible supply management system, Ontario’s chicken farmers follow mandatory and certifiable production practices and performance standards – with CFO verifiable assurance,” said Rob Dougans, President & CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “This federal election provides an opportunity for Ontario’s chicken farmers to educate candidates and future members of parliament of the policies and practices that support the chicken business.”

Board Directors and District Committee Representatives will continue to engage with local candidates over the coming weeks in advance of the federal election on October 21st

CFO farmer-members can click here for more information from Chicken Farmers of Canada on the federal election farmer resources that have been provided.

In addition, farmer-members are encouraged to visit @OntarioChicken to follow the latest federal election engagements.