Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition

The Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) is comprised of the Beef Farmers of Ontario, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Pork, Ontario Sheep, and the Veal Farmers of Ontario. The coalition was formed in 2009 to develop and implement the Risk Management Program (RMP) in Ontario at the request of the Government of Ontario.

RMP is an insurance program designed by farmers, made for farmers, with a premium paid by farmers. The RMP program was designed to help farmers manage risks beyond their control and to help stabilize the industry as many prices are global in nature and far beyond farmers' control.

Since 2009, the coalition has worked hard in implementing the program and has been successful in bringing several changes to the program that better suit farmers' needs:

  1. Development of the Premium Fund
  2. Removal of AgriStability as a requirement for enrolment

The coalition's work continues, ensuring the principles of RMP remain strong:

  1. Bankability
  2. Predictability
  3. Sustainability

The coalition's next steps for program improvements require provincial investments to grow. We need the Ontario Government to grow its contribution as the fiscal situation improves. The existing funding levels are far short of meeting the program's needs. The most effective course of action is to implement an increase to the program cap by $25 million annually for three years.

The coalition has proven that by working together, farmers benefit.