Ontario Organic Day at Queen’s Park


Join us! Ontario Organic Day at Queen’s Park is your chance to help promote the priorities of Ontario’s organic businesses.

This year, we will be making a special announcement about future legislation that could affect the future of Ontario’s organic sector! You’ll also have the opportunity to speak with your MPP about organic issues, and taste some of what Ontario’s organic businesses have to offer. For any questions about the event, please email us.

Register here.

Ontario Organic Day Agenda:

Tues. Sept. 12th

6:00 – 8:00 pm: Organic Sector Social
Batch – 75 Victoria St.

6:30 PM Welcome – enjoy a Creemore Springs beer & hors d’oeuvres.
($35 prix-fixe menu not included in registration price)
6:45 PM Jill Guerra, (Research & Special Projects Coordinator, COTA) discussing COTA’s 2017 report, The State of Organics
7:15 PM Peter Tabuns, MPP and Sylvia Jones, MPP

Wed. Sept. 13th

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Policy Conference and Participant Briefing
Grosvenor Room – Central YMCA , 20 Grosvenor Street

9:30 AM Rob Wallbridge (Organic Specialist, Thompsons Ltd.) Welcome and introductions
9:45 AM Tia Loftsgaard (Executive Director, COTA) New COTA Research on the Ontario Organic Sector
10:15 AM Brendan McKay (Director, Strategic Policy, OMAFRA) Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), the next agricultural policy framework
10:50 AM Sharon Bailey (Director, Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch, OMAFRA), Ken Laing (EFAO, Orchard Hill Farm) Ontario’s Soil Strategy Development, Activities and Updates
11:30 AM OCO Updates and preparation for the MPP meetings
12pm-12:45pm Lunch with your lobby team – off-site (visit a local restaurant or bring your own)
12:45 Group photo in front of Queen’s Park


1:00 pm -4:30 pm: Meetings with MPPs
Queen’s Park – MPP Offices

1:00pm-4:30pm Groups meet with MPPs in their offices. Details provided at Participant Briefing.

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Organic Food & Drink Reception 
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Meetings with MPPs
Queen’s Park Cafeteria & Dining Room

5:00 PM Grant Crack (MPP Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) welcome address

At our Queen’s Park Reception, enjoy tastings from:








Learn more about organic regulation in Ontario.

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