Ontario Adopts New Law to Protect Public Safety and Food Supply

Published on December 10, 2020

The Government of Ontario is proclaiming into force the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, on December 5, putting the safety of our food supply first and recognizing the unique risks that can result when individuals trespass onto farms and agri-food processing facilities and when they interfere with the transportation of livestock.

The Act increases protections for our food supply, farmers, agri-food businesses and farm animals from the risk of trespassing activities, while maintaining the right of people to participate in lawful protests on public property, when those protests do not have the potential to cause harm.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs consulted widely on a Minister’s Regulation from August 31 to October 15, 2020 and received over 850 public comments including from Indigenous communities. Public input was used in the development of the Minister’s regulation needed for the Act to be proclaimed into force. 

By proclaiming the Act into force, the Government is creating an environment that supports sustainable, profitable farms and agri-businesses.

The protections in the Act will improve working conditions for farmers, farm families, and agri-food sector employees, and allows agri-businesses to focus on important aspects of their operations including production of safe, high-quality food for Ontario families.

The Act includes protections for Aboriginal and treaty rights. Ontario will take steps to educate the public and agri-food sector on the new legislation to encourage a smooth implementation, including raising awareness of Aboriginal and treaty rights.

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