Have you seen the inside of a sustainable beverage plant?  If not re gister
for the Sustainability Spotlight Tour!

We are excited to announce that Coca-Cola's Brampton plant is one of our Sustainability Spotlight Tour stops. The day is shaping up to be an exciting opportunity to view sustainability in action, network with peers and enjoy a road trip with Provision.

Come on the road with us! Our industry event is going mobile this year and it starts at Maple Leaf Foods ThinkFOOD! Centre in Mississauga with a keynote address by Maple Leaf Food's Tim Faveri, Vice President, Sustainability & Shared Value.  Tim  will talk about their  experience integrating sustainability requirements  from the customer .  Next you'll board a luxury bus that will take you to the tour locations. The day is complete with a delicious lunch, exploration of sustainable business practices showcased at the manufacturing facilities and a networking reception.

Space is limited to 40 seats on the luxury bus, so register today!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Provincial Climate Change Action

Ontario Releases Climate Change Action Plan

Ontario has released its Climate Change Action plan and is moving forward with a  cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while rewarding innovating companies. Provision has been working with Sussex Strategy on a variety of climate-related legislative issues. In addition to the information provided   via email earlier this month, we are pleased to provide you with  an in-depth summary  of the 85 page Climate Action Plan .

As a part of the Climate Change Action Plan, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has launched its cap and trade informational website along with training dates on its Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS), hosted by the Western Climate Initiative. CITTS is the government's system for delivering the cap and trade program. It will also be the platform on which allowances will be distributed and traded at auction. 

For a list of upcoming train ing webinars on how to use the CITSS, click here.  Three modules of training are offered:  how to register (module 1), the account application process (module 2) and defining corporate associations (module 3).

Alberta Government Takes Stance on Climate Change

Provincial Environment Minister Shannon Phillips followed through on her party's promises to address climate change by tabling Bill-20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 25, 2016. According to the National Observer, Phillips acknowledges it's time for change.
"For too long, governments in Alberta chose to ignore and deny the problem," Phillips said at a news conference. "That approach didn't work."

If passed, the $20 per tonne carbon levy will take effect on January 1, 2017 and set in law Alberta's carbon levy and its accompanying carbon levy rebate. It will also ensure revenue from the carbon levy is invested into addressing climate change. The Bill establishes Energy Efficiency Alberta whose mandate includes increasing consumer energy knowledge and raising awareness of the link between energy use and economic and environment impacts. In addition, Bill 20 would also amend the Corporate Tax Act in order to reduce the small business tax rate and assist these businesses with managing the price of carbon.
 
CBC News reports that as of January 2017, large emitters will pay a carbon price of $20 per tonne for emissions that go above their target. The price rises to $30 a tonne the following year. Further, the Alberta government expects the carbon tax to raise $9.6 billion over five years. 

Career Focus Program enables graduate employment

Do you have projects on the shelf that have stalled due to resource constraints? A solution may lie within s pecific funding for food processors that will contribute 50% of salary costs, to a maximum of $20,000, to employ a graduate of a Canadian university, college, CEGEP ( a publicly funded pre-university college in the province of Quebec's education system) or a provincially certified program. Internships must last between four and 12 months and must be project-focussed. The Career Focus Program is funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
 
It provides valuable experience to graduates increasing their chance of securing long-term or self-employment and provides the food processor with funding to resource the execution of planned projects. Since the program funding is limited to 60 to 70 positions across Canada, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
 
For more information visit   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada or INAC Services grant writing firm.

Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP): New federal environmental enforcement measures

The 2009 Environmental Enforcement Act 4 included changes to the way the government enforced environmental laws by outlining increased penalties and creating Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP).

The federal government is planning the implementation of the AMP that generally applies to contravention of an environmental act or regulation, contravention of a specified direction or order, and the failure to comply with conditions of permit, license or other authorization.

The Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act states AMPs could range from $200 to $25,000. The amount is dependent upon the type of violation, who is involved and any extenuating circumstances such as the duration of the violation.
This new act, if adopted, may present challenges for food and beverage manufacturers as Environment and Climate Change Canada would have more clout in ensuring compliance with federal environmental laws.

For more information visit  Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's blog on the topic .


New Code of Practice Addresses Sewer Clogs in Toronto

In February 2016 Toronto revised their sewers by-law and the revision extends to industrial operations where food is cooked, heated, processed or prepared that is indirectly or directly connected to municipal sewers.
Sponsored Article
The Bio of Food

By Mike McMorris, General Manager of BIO

Today's consumer is more and more interested in knowing about their food.  That may include where it came from, something about the farmer and/or processor that produced it, specific production practices along the way, nutritional composition, etc.  More than that though, they have moved beyond wanting the story of food, they want a biography.
This initiative is supported by  Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.