Ontario Pork - Social Responsibility
Thursday, November 21, 2019
    

Building a better tomorrow

In 2015, Ontario Pork launched its inaugural social responsibility report, An Era of Change and Accountability, blazing a trail for agriculture groups seeking to build and maintain public trust in a transparent and accountable manner.

In 2018, we took the time to re-examine and re-assess our social responsibility commitments. Where had we succeeded? Where was there more work to be done? Where have priorities shifted, in an industry marked by constant change?

Throughout 2019, we sought feedback from farmers, industry stakeholders and consumers to ensure the commitments made today are relevant, achievable and meaningful.

The result is ONTARIO PORK: BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW, our streamlined social responsibility initiative with clear, succinct and measurable goals in four priority areas:

  • Successful farming operations
  • Healthy animals and safe food
  • Sustainable environment
  • Strong communities and people

We invite you to join Ontario’s pork farmers in their commitment to build a better tomorrow for all.

Lets Count


Ontario's Pork Industry by the Numbers

Number of
producers

0. count

Number of
hogs

0.5 million

GDP
contribution

$0.8 million

Economic
output

$0.6 billion

Full-time
job equivalents

0. jobs


Social Responsibility

Successful Farming Operations

Successful Farming Operations

Successful farming operations are fostered by embracing continuous improvement and committing to ongoing education. The guiding principles of responsible farm management include compliance with regulations, participation in the industry’s voluntary standards and initiatives, as well as investment in on-farm innovation.

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Successful Farming Operations

Successful Farming Operations

Farm families, farm workers, rural communities and the Ontario economy all depend on the financial success, economic contribution and long-term viability of pork farms. Ontario’s pork industry prioritizes the safety of its animals, property and people. From one generation to the next, farmers are committed to building successful, safe, sustainable operations by investing in people, research and innovation. It is our responsibility to ensure ongoing efforts in this area bring meaningful and measurable results to advance the swine industry.

What we will measure

  • Improved efficiencies in hog production over time
  • Enrollment in disease control and elimination programs
  • Percentage of farms that have made changes in the past two years to improve property security
  • Effectiveness of fire risk assessment and reduction programs
  • Percentage of farms that have adopted or upgraded technology on-farm to improve management practices
  • Number of farmers or staff who have completed training or continuing education to improve farm business

Healthy Animals and Safe Food

Healthy Animals and Safe Food

Healthy animals, along with food safety and quality, are Ontario Pork’s top priorities. Our guiding principles in this area include adoption of and compliance with recognized standards regarding animal care, traceability and antibiotic use.

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Healthy Animals and Safe Food

Healthy Animals and Safe Food

Ontario’s pork farmers are committed to internationally-recognized high standards of animal care and farm practices, based on science, education and animal husbandry best practices. The industry invests heavily in research and innovation to improve animal care, food quality and safety. While acknowledging the wide spectrum of views on the topic of animal care, there is one thing everyone can agree on: a healthy herd benefits all.

What we will measure

  • Participation in on-farm validations under Canadian Pork Excellence
  • Percentage of farmers who have improved biosecurity in past five years
  • Number of pig movements tracked through PigTRACE
  • Research dollars invested annually
  • Changes to antimicrobial use over time
  • Percentage of farms that have made enhancements to animal care in the last two years

Sustainable Environment

Sustainable Environment

Ontario’s pork farmers are committed to improving the environment on farm, as measured by on-farm practices that positively impact water and soil quality. Our guiding principles include preservation of ecosystems and resources.

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Sustainable Environment

Sustainable Environment

Farmers are environmental leaders, actively working to improve the environment. Clean water and healthy soil are key to the long-term success of individual farmers and the industry. From a producer’s perspective, doing what’s right for the environment is more than just good business. It’s embedded in our DNA because the farm is our family’s home and the land is our livelihood.

What we will measure

  • Percentage of farms that have invested in environmental improvements on farm in the past two years
  • Percentage of producers who have a nutrient management plan or strategy
  • Percentage of producers who test soil and herd’s manure for nutrient content
  • Adoption of water use reduction strategies
  • Continuing reduction of environmental impact/carbon footprint of farms

Strong Communities and People

Strong Communities and People

Ontario Pork is dedicated to building stronger connections between food and farming through outreach and education, our commitment to worker well-being and by empowering farm leaders of tomorrow. Our guiding principles include participation in dialogue with local stakeholders, contribution to the local economy and ensuring safe working environments.

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Strong Communities and People

Strong Communities and People

Farmers help build strong communities, providing jobs, opportunities for youth, education and leadership. Classroom and community outreach work helps ensure that Ontarians stay connected to where their food is from. Pork farmers are also committed to helping address food security in Ontario. Connecting with consumers and engaging in dialogue with local stakeholders gives pork farmers a platform to answer questions, respond to concerns and provide context about the challenges and opportunities that farming life presents each day.

What we will measure

  • Audience reach of outreach and education activities
  • Food bank contributions by Ontario Pork, industry and by local producer associations
  • Number of members trained through Leadership Training, Speakup and other agriculture leadership programs
  • Percentage of farms with at least one person with up-to-date First Aid training
  • Number of people trained in Mental Health First Aid
  • Use of Emergency Planning resource