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ontario regulation 123/04

made under the

Farm Products Marketing Act

Made: May 12, 2004
Filed: May 13, 2004
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: May 29, 2004

apples — plan

Plan

1. This Regulation sets out the plan for the control and regulation of the producing and marketing of apples within Ontario.

Definitions

2. In this Regulation,

“apple” includes apples of every variety produced in Ontario;

“board member” means a member of the local board elected under this Regulation;

“district” means an apple growing district established under section 6;

“district group member” means person who is a member of a district group of producers under subsection 7 (1) or (2);

“producer” means,

(a) any person who is the beneficial owner of a property of 10 or more acres on which apple trees are growing, if the property is not rented, or

(b) if a property described in clause (a) is rented, the person who is the tenant of the property.

Local board

3. (1) A local board to be known as the “Ontario Apple Growers” shall be established in accordance with this Regulation.

(2) The local board has the powers set out in the following provisions of the Co-operative Corporations Act:

1. Subsection 15 (1) (Corporate powers).

2. Subsection 15 (4), with respect only to the power to accept extra-provincial powers and rights.

3. Section 50 (Borrowing powers).

4. Section 110 (Indemnification of directors and officers).

(3) The board members shall be deemed to be the shareholders and directors of the local board for the purposes of exercising any of the powers mentioned in subsection (2).

Objects of local board

4. (1) The objects of the local board are to control and regulate the producing and marketing of apples within Ontario.

(2) For the purposes of carrying out its objects, the local board shall exercise such powers and shall have such authority as is delegated to it by the Commission under subsections 3 (3) and 7 (7) of the Act and referred to in Ontario Regulation 125/04.

Composition of local board

5. (1) The local board shall be composed of 10 board members.

(2) The board members shall be producers elected to represent the five apple growing districts described in section 6.

(3) There shall be two board members elected to represent each apple growing district in accordance with section 9.

(4) A producer is eligible to be a board member for an apple growing district only if,

(a) he or she produces apples in the district or is a member of the group of producers for the district by virtue of subsection 7 (2); and

(b) at the time of his or her election to the board, he or she is a representative to the District Apple Producers’ Committee for the district, having been elected as such under section 8.

(5) A producer who produces apples in more than one apple growing district shall not be elected as board member for more than one district.

Apple growing districts

6. For the purposes of elections to the local board and to the District Apple Producers’ Committee, the following apple growing districts are established:

1. District 1 (Western District) comprising the upper-tier municipalities of Essex, Lambton and Middlesex and the single-tier municipality of Chatham-Kent.

2. District 2 (Central West District) comprising the upper-tier municipalities of Huron, Perth, Oxford and Elgin and the single-tier municipalities of Haldimand and Norfolk.

3. District 3 (Northern District) comprising the upper-tier municipalities of Bruce, Grey, Simcoe and Dufferin.

4. District 4 (Central District) comprising the upper-tier municipalities of Wellington, Peel, York, Halton, Waterloo and Niagara and the single-tier municipalities of Brant, Toronto and Hamilton.

5. District 5 (Eastern District) comprising the upper-tier municipalities of Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Frontenac Management Board, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, Leeds and Grenville, and Prescott and Russell and the single-tier municipalities of Kawartha Lakes, Ottawa, Prince Edward, Renfrew and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

District group of producers

7. (1) The producers who produce apples in an apple growing district form a district group of producers and every producer who produces apples in the district is a district group member.

(2) A producer who produces apples in an area not included in any of the districts described in section 6 shall be a member of the district group of producers for the district that is nearest to the producer’s place of production.

District Apple Producers’ Committee

8. (1) On or before December 31 of each year, the district group members of an apple growing district shall elect a District Apple Producers’ Committee.

(2) A District Apple Producers’ Committee shall be composed of the number of representatives that is proportionate to the number of district group members for the district in a ratio of 1 to 25 as follows:

1. If the number of district group members is a multiple of 25, there shall be one representative on the Committee for every 25 district group members in the district.

2. If the number of district group members is not a multiple of 25, there shall be one representative on the Committee for every 25 district group members in the district, plus one additional representative.

(3) The representatives to the District Apple Producers’ Committee shall be elected for a term which shall begin on the day following their election and end on the day of the election of the Committee the following year.

Election, term of board members

9. (1) On or before December 31 of each year, the district group members for each district shall elect two board members.

(2) The board members shall take office on the day following the annual meeting of producers and shall hold office until their successors take office.

(3) If the district group members for a district fail to elect a board member on or before December 31 of a given year, the other members sitting on the local board shall appoint the board member for the district from among the district group members.

First local board

10. Within 15 days of the day this Regulation comes into force, the Commission shall appoint 10 members to the local board to hold office until their successors are elected or appointed in accordance with section 9.

Vacancies on local board

11. (1) If a board member representing a particular district dies or resigns before the expiry of his or her term, then within 30 days of the death or resignation, the remaining board members may appoint a replacement board member from among the district group members from that district to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.

(2) If the local board does not appoint a person under subsection (1) within 30 days of the death or resignation of the board member, the Commission may do so.

(3) If a board member is unable to act, the remaining members of the local board may declare the position vacant and appoint a replacement board member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.

Chair

12. (1) The chair of the local board shall hold office for a term of one year and may be selected for a subsequent term.

(2) A board member who serves as chair of the local board for six consecutive one-year terms may not serve again as chair until two years have elapsed since the end of the last term.