This program is aligned with the national Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) Specialty Production Policy that identifies which specialty breeds are deemed "designated".
Silkies and Frey's Special Dual Purpose and a number of specialty chicken breeds grown in British Columbia (BC) are the current "designated" specialty chicken breeds that may be grown under this program.
Be a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Ontario.
Be the beneficial owner of lands and buildings suitable for the production of specialty breeds of chicken.
If an approved applicant requires time to build such a facility, they have a period of 12 months from the date their application is approved to complete the construction and as an interim measure, may produce specialty chicken in a non-owned facility that meets CFO policy and regulations.
Persons who are interested in growing designated specialty breeds of chicken and interested in becoming a farmer-member of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.
Persons who are currently growing designated specialty breeds of chicken who are interested in becoming a farmer-member of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.
Existing farmer-members who are currently growing designated specialty breeds of chicken breeds or who are interested in growing these breeds of chicken.
The approved applicant will be granted a "Right" to grow and market specialty breeds of chicken.
The Right, known as Specialty Breeds Allotment (SBA), is specific only to the particular farmer-member to whom it is granted and is not trade-able, transferable, rentable and may not be pledged as security for indebtedness, and has no financial value attributed to it.
New farmer-members allotted SBA and when having complied with all CFO Policies and Regulation, will have the same rights and obligations as existing farmer-members who are allottees of basic quota. Compliance includes:
Pass barn inspection
Pass workplace safety inspection
Complete On-farm Food Safety Audit and all Mandatory Corrective Action Reports (CARs)
Complete Animal Care Program Audit and all Mandatory CARs
For this Right, the approved applicant will be required to:
Meet all CFO policies and regulations immediately, or within a year if required
Demonstrate that a specialty market is being met
Electronically transfer to CFO the "Sector Development Service Charge", initially in the amount of 5 cents per kilogram for each Specialty Breeds Allotment held, payable within 30 days to CFO after the producer has received payment for the chicken marketed
Maintain records to confirm compliance with the Program
Adhere to scheduled and random inspections or audits by an appointed inspector of the Board
Complete and submit electronically CFO's Form SBC and CFC's Commitment Form
CFO is endevouring to provide excellent customer service digitally in all aspects of the Specialty Breeds Chicken Program.
Approved participants are required to have the means to communicate digitally via email and to submit all forms once they are all made available on-line. CFO staff will be pleased to assist new farmer-members in the transition to digital business services.
A Rights holder will be growing an approved amount of kilograms in the first year, and renewed annually, until the farmer-member exits the sector. Upon exit, the Rights are returned to CFO.
CFO will consider transferring the Rights upon the sale of the production facilities to the new owner.
An application for the Right to increase production is required annually. If the farmer-member elects to reduce their production in any quota period or annually moving forward, they must inform CFO 4 weeks in advance of the commencement of the quota period in question.
The number of Rights granted is subject to all CFO and CFC fees and levies.
At this time, the CFO producer licence fee is $0.0160/kg and the CFC levy is $0.0053/kg.
The Board has established a "Sector Development Service Charge" initially in the amount of 5 cents per kilogram for each SBA held, payable electronically within 30 days to CFO after the farmer-member has received payment for the chicken marketed.
For CFC, a "specialty chicken licence" is required and will be issued by CFC following the receipt of $100. This licence is valid for 5 years, similar to the Market Development licence.