|Ontario Pork is one of twenty-five marketing
boards set up under the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Act. The Act delegates to the Farm
Products Marketing Commission (FPMC) the power to set up and supervise marketing
boards. The FPMC, in turn, delegates powers to individual marketing boards. The powers
delegated to Ontario Pork are outlined in Ontario Regulation 419-1990 and 420-1990, and
governs how the Board is set-up and outlines how Councillors and Directors are to be
elected. Regulation 419-1990 outlines the authority given to the Board for such things as
controlling the assembling, shipping and transporting of hogs, setting service fees and
how hogs are to be marketed.
Ontario Pork must follow these regulations. If a marketing
board does not comply, the Farm Products Marketing Commission has the right to limit the
powers of the marketing board, to revoke their orders or, in extreme cases, put them in
trusteeship or close them down completely.
|Ontario Pork has been granted the legal right
to control the marketing and transportation of market hogs produced in Ontario. This
means that all buyers, whether in or outside of Ontario, must buy through the Board.
Ontario Pork's regulations do not cover breeding stock or feeder pigs.
The Board requires all producers to sell their market hogs through the Board.
Producers are charged a service fee for every market hog sold in Ontario.
There are no quotas in hog production, and producers are free to ship as many hogs as they
The Board requires all truckers who transport hogs to be
licensed by the Board. Producers who truck their own hogs to assembly yards are exempt.