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    The Ontario government is expected to release draft regulations in October introducing an Extended Producer Responsibility Program. The newly-formed OPMA Packaging Round Table will meet in October to review and respond to the consultation on these regulations.In July, the OPMA formed a Packaging Round Table, consisting of members from across the supply chain and other industry associations. The group will meet several times each year to discuss any action items relating to packaging use and recycling in Ontario. The goals of this group are to act as an industry voice to the Ontario government on matters related to packaging, to support the industry in the implementation of new EPR regulations, and to communicate to the industry and consumers so we may all work towards a circular economy for packaging in Ontario.The work of the OPMA Round Table will not duplicate the CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group. We encourage OPMA members to review the publically available resources on the CPMA website to help you make informed decisions.

  • Providing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Students across the Province as important as ever

    Toronto, ON – October 8, 2020 – The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) has partnered with Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) for a second year to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables to students province wide.“The OPMA is proud to support an organization that is committed to providing children with nutritious food,” said Michelle Broom, OPMA President. “COVID-19 has highlighted the issue of food insecurity across our province. This partnership ensures that students have what they need to succeed.”  Several studies indicate that a child’s access to healthy food can directly affect their ability to focus and learn. The partnership between SNO and OPMA provides students with nutritious meals and snacks that they might not otherwise have access to. Last year the grant serviced 95 schools and nearly 17,000 students across the province. Over 800 Kg of fresh fruit and vegetables were delivered through snack and meal programs. Thanks to the combined efforts of the organizations, students in the northern parts of Ontario who do not regularly have access to fresh peppers and nectarines were able to have this experience.“The generous donation from the Ontario Produce Marketing Association has come at such a crucial time. We know that many families are struggling financially because of COVID-19 and, with students back in school, Nutrition Programs are more important than ever.” Says Catherine Parsonage, Student Nutrition Ontario Chair.While things might look a little different this year, SNO is working hard so that children still have access to nutritious food. Students are served individually pre-packaged meals to ensure their safety as well as that of the many volunteers that help to make the program a success. Together, the organizations hope to foster an environment where children understand the importance of a well-balanced diet and are encouraged to try new things.For more information contact:Emilia De SousaMarketing and Communications Manager, emilia@theopma.caCristina CarusoCommunications & Development Specialist Toronto Foundation for Student Success cristina.caruso@tfss.ca

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  • Canada & Ontario Strengthen Supply Chain

    Canada and Ontario Strengthening Farmers and Food Supply Through Skilled Trades and TrainingThe governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they are investing $750,000 in several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector. Students will learn skilled trades in high demand areas such as spraying and fertilizing operations, custom tillage and harvesting operations. The project is one of several recently approved by the governments to help primary agriculture, food processing companies and food retailers to recruit and train workers who are critical in keeping the province’s essential food supply functioning. The full release from the Government of Ontario website: WOODSTOCK — The governments of Canada and Ontario today announced they are investing in several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector, including committing more than $180,000 for the development of a new college program that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment.Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will assist Conestoga College in the creation, launch and delivery of a pilot program to expand the training opportunities for current farm sector employees and better prepare those interested in careers in agriculture to work on farms in key areas.Students will learn skilled trades in high demand areas such as spraying and fertilizing operations, custom tillage and harvesting operations. The project is one of several recently approved by the governments to help primary agriculture, food processing companies and food retailers to recruit and train workers who are critical in keeping the province’s essential food supply functioning.”Access to skilled labour is critical on farms and in processing facilities and this pilot program will help farmers meet their labour needs while allowing more Canadians to obtain meaningful and challenging employment in the agricultural and agri-food sector,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “A skilled agricultural workforce will unlock the tremendous potential of our agri-food industry, and help our farmers and food processors to continue to drive our economy, create jobs and feed Canada and the world.” “Helping to meet the labour and training needs of our agri-food sector is a priority for this government. Supporting those with a passion for a career in agriculture is key to our economy and ensures our food supply chain continues to produce healthy and nutritious food for Ontario families,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is doing everything possible to ensure farmers both today and those in the future have the training and skills necessary to operate their farm operations effectively.””Ontario has a diverse agriculture and food processing sector requiring a wide range of skilled labour,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, federal Minister of Labour. “We are pleased to invest now to support the food value chain for the future.” “Agriculture is by far the biggest single industry in Brant and Brantford,” said Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant. “To see the Governments of Ontario and Canada come together to support the development of a new college program to train in the latest agricultural equipment can only strengthen our goal of food self-sufficiency in Ontario.”Through a targeted intake under the Partnership’s Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative, the governments have also recently committed up to $594,000 to projects to boost labour supply and training in the agri-food sector. In addition to the Conestoga College program, the governments have approved: $396,000 for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive support system for businesses in the agriculture and food sector to target communities affected by workforce shortages in the agri-food sector due to COVID-19, including a job matching and labour recruiting service;$198,000 for Food and Beverage Ontario to develop and complete a six-month marketing campaign to build confidence with frontline food workers, support business continuity for Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector, and support the operational stability of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector during COVID-19 challenges. “We greatly appreciate the province’s investment in this important initiative,” said John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. “As well as addressing critical workforce needs in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector, the Agriculture Equipment Operator training initiative will provide opportunities for local residents to develop in-demand skills, advance their careers and contribute to the success and well-being of the community.”Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed support to more than 3,900 projects, through the Partnership, to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

  • Packaging Regulations

    The Ontario government is expected to release draft regulations in October introducing an Extended Producer Responsibility Program. The newly-formed OPMA Packaging Round Table will meet in October to review and respond to the consultation on these regulations.In July, the OPMA formed a Packaging Round Table, consisting of members from across the supply chain and other industry associations. The group will meet several times each year to discuss any action items relating to packaging use and recycling in Ontario. The goals of this group are to act as an industry voice to the Ontario government on matters related to packaging, to support the industry in the implementation of new EPR regulations, and to communicate to the industry and consumers so we may all work towards a circular economy for packaging in Ontario.The work of the OPMA Round Table will not duplicate the CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group. We encourage OPMA members to review the publically available resources on the CPMA website to help you make informed decisions.

  • CPMA Fall Harvest

    The CPMA Virtual Fall Harvest will take place this year from November 2-5. Fall Harvest 2020 will include a series of educational panels for Parliamentarians and Government officials to learn more about the fresh produce supply chain across Canada and the industry’s priorities for government action.Click here for a printable pdf version of the 2020 Virtual Event Schedule. The OPMA will be taking part and CPMA members are encouraged to register. To register, click here. 

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Ontario contributes over one third of Canada’s total fruit and vegetable production, contributing more than $4.2 billion and over 66,000 jobs to the economy. Approximately 43% of this value is field grown and 57% produced in greenhouse operations….Continue Reading

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