2014 Regulated Vegetable Marketing on Vancouver Island
The purpose of this supervisory review is to support industry stakeholders and the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission (Vegetable Commission) in building a sustainable system that leads to positive outcomes for the Vancouver Island vegetable industry and the public it serves.
The Vancouver Island regulated vegetable sector faces a number of serious challenges to a sustainable future that benefits both farmers and the public.
The objective of this Supervisory Review is to define a shared vision for the regulated vegetable sector on Vancouver Island and determine how best to achieve it (whether or not production should continue to be regulated, and if so, what that looks like).
BCFIRB initiated this Supervisory Review on October 10, 2014. The Vegetable Commission is leading the Review.
- BC Farm Industry Review Board Supervisory Review – The Future of Regulated Vegetable Production on Vancouver Island (PDF) – October 10, 2014
Review Process and Timelines
Stage 1 – Vision Building completed
- September 3, 2015 to December 14, 2015 – Review the discussion paper and provide your written comments to the Vegetable Commission on a vision for Vancouver Island regulated vegetable marketing and how best to achieve it: Supervisory Review: the Future of Regulated Vegetable Marketing on Vancouver Island – Stakeholder Engagement Discussion Paper (PDF)
- To read about the Vegetable Commission review process and timelines: Introduction to the Review Process and Activity Schedule (PDF)
Stage 2 – Joint Problem Solving completed
- February - March 2016 – Participate in a Vegetable Commission workshop to discuss the vision for Vancouver Island regulated vegetable marketing and how to best achieve it
- See table below for dates/locations of open workshops (contact the Vegetable Commission if you have any questions)
- Discussions will focus on solutions to the issues identified in the summary document: What We Heard (PDF)
|Nanaimo||Monday, February 29, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM (lunch provided)||Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo|
|Delta||Tuesday, March 1, start with lunch at 12:30 PM; meeting from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM||Delta Town & Country Inn, 6005 Hwy 17A|
Stage 3 – Evaluation of Options & Commission Submission completed
- The Commission developed and applied evaluation criteria based on the SAFETI principles to evaluate options for Vancouver Island
- See the June 8, 2016 Vegetable Commission submission to BCFIRB: Supervisory Review: The Future of Regulated Marketing on Vancouver Island Decision and Recommendations (PDF)
Stage 4 – BCFIRB Initial Decision and Establishing Agency Review Process
- Based on the review process to date, BCFIRB will issue several decisions.
- Here is the first decision, issued June 15, 2016: BC Farm Industry Review Board Supervisory Decision – the Future of Regulated Vegetable Production on Vancouver Island (PDF). In this June 15, 2016 decision, BCFIRB directed the Vegetable Commission to conduct a transparent, inclusive, and fair application and review process for the Commission to determine:
- whether any existing Vancouver Island agency licences should be revoked
- the identity of the Vancouver Island agency or agencies
- the appropriate number of Vancouver Island agencies
- On July 8, 2016, BCFIRB approved the Vegetable Commission's agency review process, including the evaluation criteria, as set out in the following documents:
- Vancouver Island Supervisory Review Agency Application Process Decision (PDF) - July 8, 2016
- 2017 BCVMC Vancouver Island Agency Application Process (PDF) - July 8, 2016
- On August 26, 2016, BCFIRB approved the Commission's recommended extension of the 2017 Agency Application Process deadline from September 2, 2016 to November 4, 2016.
- 2017 BCVMC Vancouver Island Agency Application Process Extension (PDF) - August 29, 2016
- Vancouver Island Supervisory Review Agency Application Process Extension Decision (PDF) - August 26, 2016
|Friday, Nov. 4, 2016||All applications are to be submitted to the Commission office by courier or registered mail and must be received by 5:00pm (close of business). Late applications will not be accepted.|
|Week of Nov. 14, 2016||As part of a transparent process, the Commission will publish, on its web site, the Executive Summary of each application that meets minimum criteria. These proposals represent the "qualified applicants".|
|Week of Nov. 21, 2016||Qualified applicants present their proposals to the Panel. This provides an opportunity for panel members to ask questions about the application.|
|Dec. 2016||The Panel reviews the applications and provides a recommendation and rationale to the Commission for approval. It is published and submitted to BCFIRB.|
|Jan. 2017||BCFIRB makes a supervisory decision following its own review and assessment of the Commission's recommendation and stakeholders submissions.|
Stage 5 – Agency Review Process and Vegetable Commission Final Recommendations
- Following the BCFIRB approved agency review process, the Commission submitted its final recommendation to BCFIRB on December 23, 2016. Agencies were notified of the Commission’s final recommendations. As the Commissions’ rationale to BCFIRB included confidential business information from the applicants, a redacted rationale was made public.
Stage 6 – BCFIRB Final Process and Decision
- BCFIRB notified the agency applicants of the opportunity to provide any final comments on the Commission’s agency licensing recommendations before January 20, 2017.
- BCFIRB Request for Final Submissions (PDF) – January 16, 2017
BCFIRB Supervisory Decision-Review of Vancouver Island Agencies (PDF) - January 31, 2017