Key issue: Safety nets

Section Chair: Mark Wales

The OFVGA provides input towards policy direction that reflects the needs of its membership in securing fair and equitable safety net programs. This section advocates for Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to support the sector, advocates for non-BRM programs to support farm & sector business development. 

  • Safety net programming


    AgriStability protects producers from large declines in their farming income caused by production loss, increased costs or market conditions.

    Your allowable income and expenses for all the commodities you produce are used to calculate your margins, protecting the income of your whole farm.

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    In Ontario, AgriInvest is delivered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    AgriInvest is a savings account with matching government contributions. You can withdraw funds at any time to alleviate risk or make other investments.

    Each year, you can deposit up to 1 per cent of your allowable net sales (ANS) into your AgriInvest account and receive a matching government contribution. ANS are the net sales of most primary agricultural commodities, except those covered by supply management (dairy, poultry and eggs). Production Insurance claims are considered allowable commodities.

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    Production insurance

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  • Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) information

    On June 29, 2011, the Ontario government announced a new Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM)program for the edible horticulture sector.

    Farmers have long been asking for a bankable, predictable and stable risk management program as the fruit and vegetable sector has been suffering through a prolonged economic downturn.

    OFVGA worked collaboratively with fellow members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) to develop a long term, permanent risk management solution for farmers of non-supply managed commodities.

    The Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) program for edible horticulture is based on financial contributions by both farmers and the provincial government.

    For more information, visit the Agricorp website.