Ontario Cutting Red Tape for Livestock Farmers


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 NEWS [Nov.27, 2018]


Ontario’s Government for the People is taking action to cut red tape, reduce regulatory burden and decrease costs and paperwork for the province’s livestock farmers.


“We’re moving to help cut red tape and costs,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “We are proposing changes to ensure these regulations work for our farmers so they can save money and participate in important events without unnecessary red-tape.”


The Ontario government recognizes the special nature of farming. Proposed regulatory changes (under the Health Protection and Promotion Act) would reduce paperwork and fees for livestock farmers by eliminating the requirement for rabies immunizations for certain livestock at seasonal agricultural fairs.


Farming families have voiced their concerns and their confusion about new requirements, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, to display their livestock at seasonal agricultural fairs, such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The requirement that certain livestock must have rabies vaccinations means farmers, including young members of 4H clubs, are required to spend extra time and money for veterinary fees.


“We appreciate our farmers and their important contribution to help feed Ontario families.  We’re working to streamline regulations so farmers and 4-Hers can continue to showcase their livestock at agricultural fairs without the hassle of red tape.”

— Jeff Yurek MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London


The proposed amendments are now posted on the Regulatory Registry, with comments accepted until December 10, 2018.

To read the full list of proposed changes and provide your feedback, please visit: http://ontario.ca/dmke