For example, the employment rate for males in Ontario, 15 to 64 yrs. old, seasonally adjusted has been trending down for the last 38 years. Is it time that our government react?
Here is one sure-fire method to create between 10,000 and 430,000 new jobs in Ontario, almost immediately with a 1-page letter from Premier Wynne at virtually no direct cost to the government.
As Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Kathleen Wynne has the authority under Section 13.(1) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act to issue a government directive on agriculture policy to the various agriculture boards and commissions, including the Farm Products Marketing Commission.
What do you think it would cost for 1 sheet of paper and an hour of the Premier's time to write a letter so as to create up to 430,000 new jobs for Ontario? Let's say it's $125 for her time, and $2.00 for a sheet of paper, envelope, and stamp for a total of $127.00 which is 0.03 cents per job created.
But we're ahead of ourselves.
Let's look at three possible options available to Minister Wynne.
Option #1: Small Flockers are Banned
In this option, Minister Wynne orders the banning of small flock poultry farmers and the cancellation of the small flock quota exemption.
Since small flockers are already tyrannized and oppressed, what's a little more abuse in the grand scheme of this country we call Canada?
|Figure 1: Small flock size and number in Ontario|
Source: Chicken Farmers of Ontario
Figure 1 is a chart I received that was originally issued by CFO. It shows the number of small flocks in Ontario, and the size of those flocks. In another CFO publication, CFO states that most small flockers grow for their personal consumption, and 2/3rd of all small flocks have 50 birds or less. However, there is strength in numbers, for there were 23,560 small flocks in Ontario in 2010, while there were just 1,026 quota-holders that produce factory farmed foul in Ontario.
Statistically analyzing this data, we determine that small flockers raised 1.005 Million birds in 2010, while quota-bearing chicken farms produced about 192.7 Million birds, so small flockers had just 0.52% of the Ontario grower market. The average flock size for small flockers was 42.7 birds. The average quota chicken farm raises 187,813 birds per year. The smallest available quota farm CFO permits without special permission has 14,000 quota units, so with 6.5 grow cycles per year, the minimum factory farmed foul is 91,000 chickens per year.
If Premier Wynne ordered that small flockers were to be totally banned, the 1.005 Million birds currently produced by small flockers would need to be replaced by the factory farmed foul quota-based system, requiring an extra 5.4 average quota-based chicken factories to be built. An extra 5 families get a job, while 23,560 small flock farmers are put out of work, for a net job loss of 23,554 jobs in Ontario. At $127 for the Minister’s 1-page letter, that’s $0.0054 per job lost.
I’m sure CFO supports this option, giving them a guaranteed 100% monopoly, instead of the 99.48% monopoly they currently enjoy and jealously guard. Therefore let’s call this “CFO’s Plan”.
While Option #1 is good for CFO, it isn't such a good idea for everybody else in Ontario.
Option #2: Small Flockers are Encouraged & Set FreePremier Wynne could instruct the FPMC to order Chicken Farmers of Ontario ("CFO") to increase the quota exemption for small flock poultry farmers from 300 to 2,000 birds per year per property address. This is what Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada has been lobbying for during the last year.
I suggest, so that CFO and the #ChickenMafia don't cry and whine forever, that a hard limit be set on the small flockers, with an aggregate total maximum for all quota-exempt production to be 10% or less of the total chicken produced in Ontario. As small flockers expand in their new role, CFO would monitor it, and once the 10% maximum is reached, no more quota-exempt permits. You can either choose to be quota-exempt, or quota-based; but no double dipping on both sides of the issue would be allowed. The quota-based factory farmed foul would still have 90% market share guaranteed for themselves.
A 10% market share in 2010 would be 19.27 Million birds per year that would be ear-marked for small flockers. At the historical average of 42.65 birds per average small flock in 2010, we would need a total of 454,125 small flock farms. Since we already have 23,560 small flock farms, we therefore enable the creation of 430,461 new jobs for Ontario.
That shift of chicken production to small flockers would be equivalent to 103 quota-based chicken factories. In 2010, 35 chicken farmers left the quota-bearing factory farm business (ie. farmers die, retire, move away, etc.), so at that rate of natural attrition, the 103 vacancies to make room for small flockers would take about 3 years to occur naturally without anybody being forced out, if we assume natural turnover. It is highly unlikely that small flockers would expand that quickly, more likely it would take longer; possibly as long as 10 to 20 years to grow into their regained civil rights. Therefore this attrition and transfer from quota to quota-exempt does not seem to have a logistics or scheduling problem.
What would happen if small flockers exceed this historic flock size of 42.65 birds per farm per year?
If all small flock farmers increased to 2,000 birds per year, that 19.27 Million birds allocated for small flockers would require just 9,685 small flock farms. Since there are already 23,560 small flock farms as of 2010, that would be a job loss of 13,875 small flock jobs, for a total job loss of 13,978 (quota and quota exempt).
If instead, we were to make this reassignment of chicken production to be job neutral, we need to keep the current 23,560 small flockers employed, plus add an additional 103 small flockers to make up for the quota-based farmers who will eventually disappear, so the quota-exemption limit should be 818 birds per year per small flock farm; which is better than the current 300 bird limit.
Therefore depending on the average number of birds raised per small flock farms, there could be an end result somewhere between losing 13,978 jobs, to job parity, to gaining an additional 430,461 jobs. Either way, the cost to implement is $127.00 as a 1-time charge.
Option 3: Standard Government Job Creation SystemsIn a Nov. 2013 press release by Premier Wynne's government they detailed how they "leveraged" (a new politically correct way to say "spent"?) a total of $4.135 Billion to create or protect 45,000 jobs in Ontario.
That comes out to be $91,889 per job.
There's government efficiency for 'ya.
Note that these aren't all new jobs. That $91,889 is for creating a new jobs, or keep a currently existing job.