A number of agricultural commodities in British Columbia are regulated under the
Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act
which is enabling legislation that provides for the establishment
of commodity boards. At present, eight marketing boards and
commissions are established and operating under the Act
The British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board is responsible for general supervision of the operations of these boards, serves as an appellant body and is a signatory
to federal provincial agreements for the supply-managed commodities.
Working with BCFIRB, the provincial government has implemented a
number of initiatives to advance good board governance and
decision-making, with the overall objective of improving the
economic performance within these sectors. The following is a
summary of the recent initiatives that have been undertaken:
Significant steps have been taken to improve the governance of
commodity boards, including the Cabinet appointment of board chairs
and the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the
appointed chairs, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
and the British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board. Candidates are
selected for Cabinet consideration through a merit-based process and
in consultation with the Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO).
Several new chairs have been appointed, their on
contact information can be found here.
The following is an example of a signed MOU with the BC
Egg Marketing Board - as MOUs are developed
with new chairs they will be added to this site.
In July 2004, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
released the Regulated Marketing Economic Policy,
with the objective of providing clear
policy direction to further improve the economic growth and
development and long term viability of these important agricultural
In January 2005, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
announced a policy framework to provide for the further development
of specialty markets within the supply managed agriculture sectors.
Details of the recommendations provided to the Minister can be found
in the report, Managing Specialty Products in BC’s Supply
Management System. The framework developed is consistent with the
Regulated Marketing Economic
Policy, and with the specialty principles proposed by BCFIRB as
part of its
Specialty Production Program Review.
The BCFIRB is currently working with the commodity boards and
industry to implement the framework for each of the supply managed
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