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OMAFRA webinar Topic - Ontario Grants update - Discussion - Shared screen with speaker view
Beth Schlueter
29:25
HI and good evening … Beth here from Wellesley Fall Fair
Norma Bird
29:31
Norma Bird from Wainfleet
Tobias Clarke
29:45
Hi Everyone :)
Bev Latva
29:54
Bev Uxbridge Fair
Debbie Brock
30:01
Hi everyone from Oro World's Fair
Pat Leonard
30:50
Good Evening everyone from Elmvale Fair
Kathryn Lynch
31:03
Good evening everyone from Kathryn from the Acton Agricultural Society - stay well, stay safe and stay cool :-)
robin newton-smith
31:29
hello from woodstock
George Araujo
31:59
George Araujo Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show!
Lori Townes
33:28
Another "Hello" from Elmvale Fair
Kim Overholt
34:02
hello from Matheson Fair
John Crawford
42:02
hello from the Oro Fair
Beth Meszaros
44:01
Those that have been tested if necessary can they be retested?
George Araujo
44:57
Moved to Port Dover in 2003. Great small town. Work as GM at The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show in Simcoe.. 2 Daughters 18 & 21 a morning walk is Lake Erie waves on one side and Cows braying on the other. 😀
George Araujo
45:32
sorry that was a pm
Madeleine Gauthier
45:46
If there are still gathering restrictions when it comes time for our AGM, how does that affect our status.
Norma Bird
47:23
Why are improvement grants not available for Fair who do not own their buildings. We have needs like display cases etc.?
George Araujo
48:49
Can Fairs apply for Ag Exhibition Grant if they do it virtually this year
Beth Meszaros
49:27
Madeleine you may have to take advantage of your District's zoom account for an AGM. If that needs to happen you will need to set some policies and procedures in place for voting.
Beth Meszaros
51:01
Vince can you please explain how incorportation relates to Ag Societies?
paul ahrens
52:13
under Ag Exhibition Grant can Rick talk more about grants for Farmstead Improvement Competition
robin newton-smith
53:15
some fairs have huge or at least large on going exspenses
Meredith Brophy
54:35
Where do we find those Regulations? What is the OReg #?
Norma Bird
54:54
How dose the membership number relate to Societies that ate not incorporated?
Judy McFaul
58:57
so are you suppling a grant for that?
Christina Franc
01:00:21
I’ll confirm Judy, but I believe what Tobias is saying is that you can still qualify for the current grants if you hold an agricultural exhibition in some way, shape or form (ie: virtual)
Harry Stoddart
01:01:21
Some of the larger fairs with active usage throughout the year are facing revenue shortfalls approaching $1,000,000 if large event restrictions continue through the end of 2020. The federal support so far has been loans that require debt servicing capacity to access (beyond the initial $40k) and most of us are charities and/or not-for-profits and by design don't generate large leverageable cashflows. Is there any consideration of providing support beyond the $5,000 grant? It won't cover one month of bare bones operating costs.
robin newton-smith
01:02:39
it is a serious issue, we need access to money
George Araujo
01:03:04
Is there any other grants or funding available through OMAFRA.
Anne MacDonald
01:12:51
I would like to better understand the expectation to hold an agricultural exhibition given that our 2020 fair has been cancelled. We do not have the technical or person power wherewithall to hold a virtual exhibition
Judy McFaul
01:13:20
What does that matter what size of fair you are... we all have a heavy economical impact on our communities and expenses...
Harry Stoddart
01:13:55
Ag Societies are unique entities and OMAFRA is our singular advocate that needs to be looking out for our needs. We are all very important to our rural communities.
Pat Leonard
01:15:27
How dedicated is OMAFRA in working for the 200+ Fairs across Ontario ??
George Araujo
01:15:28
Agree. with above. How is Ontario helping Agricultural Societies through this?
Meredith Brophy
01:16:08
All Agricultural Societies in Ontario are incorporated under the AHOA.
Meredith Brophy
01:16:34
Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation.
Judy McFaul
01:18:29
I agree with George.... How is Ontario helping Agricultural Societies... on any other levels... ?
Cheryl Muir
01:18:51
Agree with Harry and George. We need help over and above the $5000 max. especially those of us who own facilities and contribute significantly to the community.
Janet Borneman
01:19:07
Please repeat the name of that program
Madeleine Gauthier
01:19:52
Fed Dev Ontatio is tapped out.
paul ahrens
01:20:22
the question from Paul Ahrens was on behalf of Chesley Ag society
Judy McFaul
01:20:44
Yes it but we do not qualify for the programs.... here in eastern Canda.
Judy McFaul
01:24:06
Also our fairs also rely on other fundraising adventures that we are not able to have that support having a annual fair.
Pat Leonard
01:24:14
Thank-you Vince - we all must support your advocating efforts - I hope that OMAFRA listens...
Doug Yeo
01:25:12
Are you willing to promote the opportunity for a meeting between the Minister of Agriculture and the OAAS to have a personal conversation about the needs of our Agricultural Societies as being expressed this evening?
George Araujo
01:26:43
Ontario needs to look to the support that Alberta gives to their Ag Societies. And do likewise.
Harry Stoddart
01:28:36
If OMAFRA wants an education someone should suggest they review my presentation from a couple of weeks ago.
Kim Carder Wallacetown Fair
01:29:49
If we are not bringing any revenue in at the fair, how do we hold a virtual fair and have the funds to pay out individual prizes? We rely on the gate receipts for this.
Judy McFaul
01:33:09
maybe instead of chats... how about how do you reach out the 220 fairs in Ontario...
Harry Stoddart
01:34:48
One last thought that should be impressed upon OMAFRA - Ag Societies and the events at our facilities will be the last businesses allowed to start earning revenue again. We have no possibility of "Curbside". We have had no ability to continue earning revenue even at a reduced scale during the pandemic.
Harry Stoddart
01:36:37
Vince: TIAO was given a grant from Ministry of Tourism to replace the membership fees they weren't going to get this year. Would OMAFRA consider keeping OAAS afloat in a similar way.
Beth Schlueter
01:37:56
Thank you for another worthwhile meeting.
Beth Howell-Vervaecke
01:38:53
thank you for keeping the lines of communication open
Steve Oliver
01:38:53
Great meeting. One take away is that small fairs could form a partnership to do a virtual fair between them. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers from Bobcaygeon fair
sharron Graydon
01:38:55
From Sharron New Liskeard Great meeting