submitted by Ontario Federation of Agriculture
The leadership of Ontario’s agricultural organizations named below are pleased to find common ground with the Ontario government with respect to protecting farmland under the proposed Provincial Planning Statement, with thanks to Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, for their willingness to meet with farmers on this issue, better understand our position and work together to find a resolution on this matter.
We understand — and support — the need to increase the housing supply in Ontario, but we also want to ensure that housing is developed without encroaching on Ontario’s farmland which is our most precious natural resource.
It is extremely encouraging that the Government is committed to continuing to work with Ontario’s farming community to find solutions. This commitment will ensure the protection of farmland and allow Ontario’s farmers to continue to feed the villages, towns and cities of the Province. In addition, local farm leaders across the Province look forward to engaging in the extended consultations with respect to the proposed Provincial Planning Statement.
Since 2018, the Premier and his team have been strong advocates for the agricultural sector and have had the backs of Ontario farmers. We look forward to continuing to work with this government to ensure Ontarians have a sustainable supply of fresh, healthy and local food on their dinner tables both now, and in the future.
Peggy Brekveld, President Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Max Hansgen, President National Farmers Union-Ontario
Ed Scharringa, President Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
William Bearss, Chair Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission
Jack Chaffe, President Beef Farmers of Ontario
John DeBruyn, Chair Ontario Pork
Scott Helps, Chair Egg Farmers of Ontario
John Hemsted, Chair Ontario Sheep Farmers
Phil Kroesbergen Veal Farmers of Ontario
Murray Opsteen, Chair Chicken Farmers of Ontario
Bernard Pope, Chair Ontario Farmland Trust
Martin Straathof, Executive Director Ontario Farmland Trust
Brian Ricker, Chair Turkey Farmers of Ontario
Murray Sherk, Chair Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Albert Witteveen, Chair Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance