Regulated Marketing: Supervisory Reviews

Supervisory reviews are a formal exercise of BCFIRB’s supervisory powers, leading to decisions and directions to B.C.’s agricultural commodity boards. Supervisory reviews lead to BCFIRB providing decisions and directions to B.C.'s agricultural commodity boards.

BCFIRB may exercise its supervisory authority at any time, with or without a hearing. This could include a supervisory review being initiated

  • At BCFIRB’s discretion,
  • As a result of issues arising out of an appeal,
  • Following an industry request, and/or
  • After consultation with stakeholders.

The Natural Products Marketing (B.C.) Act (NPMA) allows for flexibility in how BCFIRB will conduct a supervisory review. This could include BCFIRB conducting consultation or research, or directing a board to do the same. As part of the supervisory review process, BCFIRB may hold a formal hearing if it deems one is warranted. Under the NPMA, BCFIRB has established rules governing the exercise of its supervisory authority.

Supervisory reviews allow BCFIRB to take a proactive approach to industry issues. They are different from appeals, which are triggered by a party who is aggrieved by or dissatisfied with a decision, determination or order of a board or commission. BCFIRB has broad scope in what it may review, including governance of the agricultural commodity boards.

Most commonly, supervisory reviews address either cross-sector or systemic industry issues.

Cross-Sector Issues

For example, in 2005, BCFIRB conducted a supervisory review aimed at improving access to B.C.’s supply management system. The Specialty Review focused on specialty production and new entrant programs for broiler hatching eggs, chicken, table eggs, milk and turkey.