Whereas the Program was established on March 7, 2018 via the Previous Order pursuant to section 6.2 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act for the encouragement of agriculture, food and rural affairs and all their branches;

And whereas section 4 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act provides the Minister with the authority in relation to the administration of laws relating to agriculture, food and rural affairs and all their branches;

And whereas section 6.2 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act provides the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs with the authority to establish programs for the encouragement of agriculture, food and rural affairs within Ontario;

And whereas sections 49 and 54 of the Legislation Act, 2006 has the effect of providing the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs with the power to amend, revoke or replace from time to time an order establishing a program under section 6.2 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act;

And whereas I, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, believe the Program should be amended to address potential unfairness matters arising from the application of eligibility requirements to situations beyond the control of applicants to the Program;

Now therefore, and pursuant to my authority under sections 4 and 6.2 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act as well as sections 49 and 54 of the Legislation Act, 2006, I hereby order that the Previous Order be amended as set out in the herein Order.

Part 1 – Interpretation

  1. For the purposes of this Order, the following terms will have the following meanings:

    "Order" means this Minister's Order; and

    "Previous Order" means Minister's Order 0005/2018, which established the Program, as amended.

    "Program" means the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Strategic Initiative Theme Program.

  2. Any capitalized term not defined within this Order will have the same meaning as set out under the Previous Order.

Part 2 – Amendment To Part I – Interpretation Of Previous Order

  1. Section 2 of the Previous Order is amended by adding the following definition:

    "Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs or any other member of the Executive Council to whom responsibility for the administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act is assigned or transferred under the Executive Council Act;

Part 3 – Amendment To Part IV – Administration Of Previous Order

  1. Part IV of the Previous Order is amended by adding the following:

    The Minister

    8.1 (1) Despite anything else in this Order or the Guidelines for an Initiative, the Minister reserves the power for the Minister to, upon request, waive an eligibility requirement set out under section 21 of this Order or included in any Guidelines for an Initiative.

    (2) The Minister also reserves the power for the Minister to impose any reasonable terms or conditions upon any waiver the Minister issues pursuant to section 8.1(1) of this Order.

This Order comes into effect upon signature.

Original signed by

The Honourable Lisa Thompson
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Executed on this 21st day of October, 2021.