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This Consultation Policy is prepared in accordance with section 4 of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009. The Act prescribes that the Consultation Policy contain the following:
1. The consultation policy must describe whether and how the tribunal will consult with the public when it is considering changes to its rules or policies, including consultation with any persons, entities or groups of persons or entities whose interests, in the opinion of the tribunal's chair, would be affected by those changes. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 5, s. 4 (2).
2. The consultation policy must contain any other matter specified in the regulations or in a directive of the Management Board of Cabinet. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 5, s. 4 (3).
3. The consultation policy must be approved by the tribunal's responsible minister. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 5, s. 4 (4).
When considering substantive changes to its rules or policies, the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board (Board) will consult with persons or entities or groups of persons or entities (parties) whose interests would be affected by those changes, where, in the opinion of the Board Chair, it would be appropriate to do so.
When consulting with persons or entities or groups of persons or entities on such matters, the Board will do so in a manner that allows the Board to receive feedback from those engaged before changes are finalized. Consultation periods will vary according to the complexity of the matters under discussion and the range of parties involved. The minimum consultation period will be 30 days, beginning the date the matter is communicated to the parties.