Minister's letter to the Livestock Financial Protection Board
Chair, Livestock Financial Protection Board
985920 Oxford Perth Road
Dear Mr. Witzel:
I am pleased to write to you in your capacity as Chair of the Livestock Financial Protection Board. Pursuant to the requirements of the Agencies and Appointments Directive (AAD), this letter sets out my expectations for Livestock Financial Protection Board for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Ontario's board-governed agencies are vital partners in ensuring the delivery of high quality services to Ontarians. The people of Ontario depend on you to provide leadership to the Livestock Financial Protection Board and stakeholders. Together with your fellow board members, the people of Ontario rely on you to establish the goals, objectives, and strategic direction for the Livestock Financial Protection Board consistent with its mandate, government policies, and my directions where appropriate. I thank you for your willingness to serve.
As you plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year, I expect the Livestock Financial Protection Board to focus on the below items and look forward to seeing these addressed in the agency's annual business plan:
- Annually measuring the performance of the Fund for Livestock Producers against established targets and have an established investment policy that is reviewed annually to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Fund.
- Investigating all claims made to the program in a timely manner; and
- granting or refusing payment based on prudent and consistent adherence to established guidelines, in order to make life easier for Ontario farmers. I expect the Livestock Financial Protection Board to continue its good work and maintain excellence in supporting Ontario farmers, through effective customer service and program delivery.
- The Ontario government has set a target that, by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency. I expect that by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to the Livestock Financial Protection Board.
Continue the good work in meeting all AAD provisions and requirements.
I look forward to the continued partnership between the Livestock Financial Protection Board and OMAFRA, and to hearing about your progress on these commitments in your agency's annual report.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
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