Provision Coalition - Now a 12 Member Organization

Provision Coalition is pleased to welcome our newest member association - Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Qu├ębec ( CTAQ ).

As a valued member, The Food Processing Council of Quebec (CTAQ), a consolidation of food industry associations, will provide a voice for Quebec food processing; enriching our discussions while extending our reach, resources and tools to their members.
Funding Secured to Develop Sustainable Farm & Food Plan Concept

The Sustainable Farm & Food Plan working group successfully secured funding through the Growing Forward 2 Collaborative Grant program, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. In Ontario, GF2 is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. The application, submitted by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for $171,294, will support the development of a program plan and solicit commitment from the supply chain. The Sustainable Food and Farm Plan concept will be initiated as an Ontario pilot, with a longer term vision to roll out the program nationally.

Provision Team Updates

Alex Heim joined Provision in November 2015 as our Project Coordinator. Alex provides key support to program delivery as well as marketing and communication initiatives. Prior to joining Provision, he worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as a Food Safety Training Specialist, working on the development of eLearning courses for food and beverage manufacturers.

Alex can be reached at or by calling 519.822.2042, x306.

In January 2016, Janet Wakutz transitioned into the role of Communications and Portal Resource Manager, from Portal Project Manager. In her new role, Janet will be responsible for delivering all portal-related projects, writing communications, supporting marketing and GF2 reporting. 

To reach Janet with a story idea, contact her at or call 519.822.2042, x304.
E-Update Access
Links to our past Member  and  Manufacturers' Updates can be accessed online. Check out previous instalments here!  

For Ontario Members - Updates on Cap & Trade and Waste Reduction
Cap and Trade

At the end of 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) conducted consultations for its proposed cap and trade program design. Provision took part in the consultations and worked with members to develop and submit feedback to Ontario's  Environmental Registry posting on December 16, 2015. Key highlights from the submission included:
  • concerns around the aggressive timeframes proposed
  • issues surrounding carbon leakage under the proposed framework, and
  • identifying the mechanisms and market design features that would be included to keep a level playing field for members if the Province joins Quebec and California's cap and trade market under the Western Climate Initiative.
MOECC reviewed the submissions and hosted a webinar to discuss the outcomes from the submissions on January 22, 2016. Detailed draft legislation will be tabled in the following months allowing for another stakeholder consultation period. Provision will continue to monitor this file on behalf of its members and participate in the upcoming consultations .

For more information please contact Meena Hassanali, Industry Program Manager at 519.822.2042, x303.
Waste Free Ontario Act and Proposed Strategy

The Government of Ontario has placed significant emphasis on making the province an environmentally healthy and sustainable place to live and work.

In our November Manufacturers Update, we reported that the Ontario Government had introduced the proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act (Bill 151) and had released a draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. Provision attended the December 2, 2015 MOECC information session to gain further clarity on the draft legislation and strategy documents.

An Informational Brief was sent to members on January 7, 2016 outlining Ontario's proposal. Provision has re-grouped with CEWRO (Coalition for Effective Waste Reduction in Ontario) which is considering a joint submission on behalf of all CEWRO industry members. Provision engaged the membership with a webinar on January 26, 2016  hosting guest speaker Anne McConnell, President of McConnell Hiring Consulting. Anne presented a summary of the regulations and member concerns were discussed
to determine the appropriate response to Ontario's Environmental Registry due February 29, 2016.  For those members that were unable to attend the webinar, you can refer to the slides here.

Should you have any questions, or would like to provide further input, contact Meena Hassanali Industry Program Manager at 519.822.2042, x303.
This initiative is supported by  Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.