Processor and dealer licences for regulated commodities
Learn how to get a licence for processing certain raw commodities.
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According to the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA), processors and dealers of regulated commodities in Ontario are licensed to comply with marketing board regulations and pricing orders.
A “processor” is defined under each commodity’s marketing regulation as a person engaged in the business of processing that commodity.
A “dealer” is defined under the Seed Corn marketing regulation as a person who contracts with a producer for the production of seed-corn.
You can find the specific definitions at the beginning of each regulation, under the FPMA.
Processing regulated commodities without a licence is a contravention of the FPMA and regulations.
Who needs a licence
You may require a processor or dealer licence if you process or deal one of the six regulated commodities.
The commission provides processor and dealer licences for six regulated commodities including:
- asparagus processor licence
- grapes processor licence
- potatoes processor licence
- tender fruit processor licence, includes:
- sour cherries
- sweet cherries
- vegetable processor licence, includes:
- green and wax beans
- lima beans
- red beets
- cabbage (does not include cabbage used for coleslaw)
- sweet corn
- Spanish-type onions used for onion rings
- green peas
- seed corn dealer licence
Processors of less than 907.2 kg of tender fruit
If you process less than 907.2 kg (one short ton) of one type of tender fruit in a calendar year, you are not required to get a processor licence for that fruit.
How to apply
- Fill out the application form for your commodity:
- Gather the required additional information listed in the application form.
- Email your application form and documents to OFPMC@ontario.ca.
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After you apply
After your application is received, the commission and appropriate marketing board will review it.
If there are any objections, the commission may hold a hearing to consider whether a licence should be issued.
Processor and dealer licences are issued for either one- or five-year terms.
Once a processor or dealer has been issued a licence, it remains valid unless:
- the processor or dealer fails to comply with the licensing criteria
- the processor or dealer ceases operation
- there is a change in asset ownership within the business
If the processor or dealer ceases operation or if there is a change in asset ownership, the existing licence is no longer valid and must be surrendered. The new operator must apply for a new licence.