Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Ministerial Appointments
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is responsible for the Appointment of Board and Committee members for two entities.
Farm Debt Mediation Service Appeal Boards
The Farm Debt Mediation Act requires the establishment of Appeal Board(s) to allow participating farmers and creditors of the Farm Debt Mediation Service (FDMS) to appeal administrative decisions, concerning the eligibility of a farmer to make the application under paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Farm Debt Mediation Act; or the extension or termination of a stay of proceedings.
The FDMS Appeal Boards are responsible for determining whether an appeal by the applicant has merit. Typically, appeals are submitted to an FDMS administrator in writing. The Chairperson calls a Panel to hear the Appeal from among the appointed Appeal Board members and ensures the documents prepared by the FDMS administrator is distributed to the Board Panel members. The decision of the Appeal Panel is final and both the appellant and the administrator are bound by that decision and is not subject to any further appeal.
National Program Advisory Committee
The National Program Advisory Committee is established to provide advice/guidance/recommendations to Ministers through federal, provincial, territorial Assistant Deputy Ministers on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers/governments in managing risks; the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs; and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk.
The Committee serves as the primary mechanism for producer consultation with respect to BRM programs and risk management issues. The Committee also provides a forum for reviewing the administration of BRM programs and considers initiatives for improvement as well as best practices in service delivery.
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