By Keith Currie, President, OFA
Ontario farm families depend on the safety and security of their farms to raise livestock and grow and produce food to maintain a strong, reliable food supply for all Ontarians. Farms are not only our places of business, they’re our homes where we welcome family and friends and play with our children. The risk of unwanted visitors, trespassers and activists can have devastating impacts on the health and safety of our families, farms, and their livestock.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and our 38,000 family farm businesses are firmly in support of Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019. Earlier this week, OFA presented our submission to the Standing Committee on General Government regarding Bill 156 highlighting the importance of this legislation for farm businesses, food processing facilities and agri-food workers throughout the value chain. Support for OFA’s position on the positive direction of Bill 156 has been received and echoed by Ontario’s livestock and poultry commodity organizations and the food processing sector.