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Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia Regulations

made under Sections 9 and 11 of the

Natural Products Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 308

N.S. Reg. 11/2005 (December 8, 2004)

as amended to N.S. Reg. 12/2015 (January 12, 2015, effective February 22, 2015)

 

Note: Effective September 4, 2016, these regulations are amended by N.S. Reg. 20/2016.




Table of Contents


Short title


Part I - Interpretation

Interpretation


Part II - Base Quota

Requirement to hold base quota

Allocation of quota

Base quota adjustments

Apportionment of adjustments

Pro rata adjustments

Adjustment unit

Transfers to certain entities

Application for base quota

Allocation of base quota

Approval of base quota transfers

Minimum base quota

Application for transfer of base quota

Transfer of base quota without facilities

Cancellation of base quota or adjustment unit

Effect of cancellation

No compensation


Part III - Licensing and Fees

Requirement to hold licence

Exception

Categories of licences

Applying for licence

Transferring licence

Producer licences

Effective date of producer licence

Production standard

Under production of producer licences

Refusal to issue producer licence

Facilities requirement

Registering producers’ facilities

Basis for licence amount

Adjustments

Agreement with processor

Maximum kilograms

Overmarketing assessment levy

Payment of levy

Waiver of levy

Producer licence fees

Deduction by processor

Producer responsibility

Payment by producer

When marketing occurs

Condemned chicken

Consequences for non-payment of fee

Vendor licence fee

Special licences

Effect of special licence

Breach of regulations

Specialty licence

Facility inspection

Underproduction

Extenuating circumstances

No base quota conferred


Part IV - Records and Reporting

Licence [Licensee] required to maintain records

Requirement to give information

Processor reports

Producer reports

Return recap form

Hatchery report

Vendor report

Corporations

Partnerships

Trusts

Forms

Failure to provide reports


Part V - Pricing

Base price

Publication

Catching

Premium

Condemned chicken

Bruised birds

Requirement to pay published price


Part VI - Appeals

Appeal provisions


Part VII - Final Offer Arbitration Procedure

Time and place of arbitration

Parties

List of arbitrators

Appointment of arbitrator

Representation

Exchange of documents

Conduct of arbitration hearing

Confidentiality

Evidence

Examination of parties

Decision of arbitrator

Arbitrator’s fees




Short title

1     These regulations may be cited as the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia Regulations.


Part I - Interpretation


Interpretation

2     (1)    In these and all other regulations, orders, directions and policies of the Commodity Board, unless the context otherwise specifies,

 

“A-06” means an 8-week production period from April 14, 1996, to June 8, 1996 inclusive;

 

“A-07” means an 8-week production period immediately following A-06;

“Act” means the Natural Products Act;

 

“adjustment unit” means one of the units assigned by the Commodity Board after the end of a base quota period, in accordance with the criteria set out in Section 4;

 

“base quota” means the live weight kilograms expressed as an annual figure, registered by the Commodity Board in each producer’s name, as adjusted from time to time by the Commodity Board;

 

“base quota period” means

 

                         (i)     for 8-week licensed producers, the 48-week period used to calculate adjustments to base quota in accordance with Section 4, beginning with the 48-week period from December 24, 1995, to November 23, 1996, and from then on each consecutive 48 weeks, and

 

                         (ii)    for 10-week licensed producers, the 50-week period used to calculate adjustments to base quota in accordance with Section 4, beginning with the 50-week period from November 26, 1995, to November 9, 1996, and from then on each consecutive 50 weeks;

 

“beneficial shareholder” means a person who owns 1 or more shares issued by a body corporate, whether that person is listed as the registered owner of any such share in the register of members of the body corporate;

 

“chicken” means a chicken of any class, 6 months of age or less, raised for meat production, whether live, fresh or frozen and includes any part or parts;

 

“Commodity Board” means the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia;

 

“Council” means the Natural Products Marketing Council;

 

“facilities” means the building, appurtenant lands, fixtures and equipment that are used for the production of chicken;

 

“flock” means any group of chicken housed in a producer’s facilities that are being raised by the producer for marketing at the same or approximately the same live weight at the same or approximately the same time;

 

“free range chicken” means any variety of chicken that

 

                         (i)     is raised on a feed ration consisting solely of grains, vegetable oil and necessary vitamins and minerals and containing no traces of rendered meat products, fish meal, antibiotics or other medication of any kind, including growth promoters,

 

                         (ii)    has regular access to fresh air, sun, soil and green forage, and

 

                         (iii)   will be processed by a federally or Provincially inspected processor;

 

“hatchery” means a facility used for the hatching or supply of chicks in Nova Scotia;

 

“interest in base quota” means

 

                         (i)     the interest of a person who has a legal or beneficial interest in base quota, including all of the following:

 

                                  (A)   the interest of a person that is a shareholder or beneficial shareholder of a corporation that has an interest in base quota,

 

                                  (B)   the interest of a person that is a partner or has a partnership interest in a partnership that has an interest in base quota,

 

                                  (C)   the interest of a person who is an income or capital beneficiary of a trust that has an interest in base quota, or

 

                         (ii)    the interest of a person who has a legal or beneficial interest in another person who has a legal or beneficial interest in base quota as defined in subclause (i), whether the legal or beneficial interest of the 1st-mentioned person is directly held in that other person or through a series of affiliated persons.

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

“licence” means the approval that is required by and issued pursuant to subsection 9(3)[(4)] by the Commodity Board to a person to produce and market chicken in the Province;

 

“licensing period” means April 1 to November 30 in a calendar year during which a specialty chicken producer is licensed to market the type of specialty chicken specified in their licence;

Definition replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

“live weight” means the weight of live chicken as measured by a processor on delivery by a producer;

 

“marketing” includes advertising, buying, selling, storing, packing, transporting, shipping, shipping for sale or storage, and offering for sale, and includes sale by peddlers, hawkers and traders;

 

“marketing period” means any marketing period established by the Commodity Board during which producers are licensed to market chicken;

 

“organic chicken” means any variety of chicken raised under an organic production system that is

 

                         (i)     based on the Canadian Organic Standards published by the Canadian General Standards Board,

 

                         (ii)    certified by a certification body accredited under the Organic Products Regulations made under the Canada Agricultural Products Act (Canada), and

 

                         (iii)   recognized by the Commodity Board and the Council;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

“overmarketing assessment levy” means the levy payable by a producer to the Commodity Board for marketing more kilograms live weight than prescribed by their producer licences for an overmarketing assessment period;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.

 

“overmarketing assessment period” means 2 consecutive marketing periods, beginning with periods A-06 and A-07, and every subsequent consecutive 2 marketing periods after that;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.

 

“ownership” means, with respect to facilities, legal title evidenced by

 

                         (i)     a deed registered at the relevant Registry of Deeds or the Certificate of Registered Ownership issued by the Registrar of Land Registration, whether the title is subject to a mortgage or other encumbrance, or

 

                         (ii)    an agreement of sale with the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board;

 

“person” includes a corporation, a partnership, a trust, and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representative of a natural person;

 

“Plan” means the Nova Scotia Chicken Marketing Plan;

 

“premises” means facilities used in the production of chicken and all lands related to the production;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 321/2007.

 

“processing” means altering the nature, size, quality or condition of chicken by mechanical means or otherwise and includes slaughtering;

 

“processor” means a person operating a plant for the processing, distribution or selling of chicken;

 

“producer” means a person licensed to produce and market chicken in the Province for the purpose of sale or distribution;

 

“producer-vendor” means a person who produces and markets, offers for sale, sells or stores all or any part of chicken in the regulated area;

 

“production and marketing agreement” means the agreement, made on the form approved by the Commodity Board, called the Agreement for Producing and Marketing Chicken, entered into between a producer and a processor for each marketing period under Sections 10 and 12;

 

“quota allocation” means the total kilograms of chicken expressed in live weight, allocated for a marketing period by the Chicken Farmers of Canada to the Commodity Board;

 

“regulated area” means all of the Province of Nova Scotia;

 

“special licence” means a licence issued to a producer to produce and market chicken for a specified purpose and time period under Section 16 to meet market requirements and does not constitute a basis for base quota; and

“trust” includes a testamentary trust and an inter vivos trust; and

 

“specialty chicken” means chicken that is not produced under a producer licence and that is designated by the Commodity Board as specialty chicken, and includes free range chicken and organic chicken;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

“specialty licence” means a licence issued by the Commodity Board to a producer of specialty chicken to produce and market the type of specialty chicken specified on the licence;

Definition added: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

“vendor” means a person who markets, offers for sale, sells or stores all or any part of chicken in the regulated area.

Section 2 amended: N.S. Reg. 142/2010; renumbered 2(1): N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of the definition of “interest in base quota” in subsection (1), a person is affiliated with another person if that person has a legal or equitable interest in the other person or if the other person has a legal or equitable interest in that person, and if 2 or more persons are affiliated with the same other person, those persons are deemed to be affiliated with each other.

Subsection 2(2) added: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Part II - Base Quota


Requirement to hold base quota

3     (1)    Except as provided in subsection (4), no person may obtain a producer licence for the production and marketing of chicken unless that person has been issued base quota by the Commodity Board.


Allocation of quota

       (2)    Each producer’s share of the quota allocation may be issued by the Commodity Board as an 8- or 10-week producer licence.

 

       (3)    The total production as allocated in all licences shall be equal to the quota allocation.


Exemption

       (4)    The Nova Scotia Agricultural College is exempt from subsection (1), but it must obtain licences for each flock housed in its research facilities and must pay the applicable fee.


Base quota adjustments

4     (1)    The Commodity Board must adjust a producer’s base quota after each base quota period to reflect increases or decreases in the quota allocation and to reflect the total kilogram increase or decrease in Nova Scotia for the base quota period then ended.


Apportionment of adjustments

       (2)    After any allocation of base quota under Section 5, the Commodity Board must apportion adjustments to base quota equally among all producers who have an interest in an adjustment unit based on each producer’s share of all adjustment units, subject to subsection (3).


Pro rata adjustments

       (3)    When a base quota transfer occurs during a base quota period, the transferee shall benefit from an increase or share in a decrease in base quota for that base quota period on a pro rata basis, based on the number of marketing periods during which the transferee was licensed during that base quota period.


Adjustment unit

       (4)    A person must not have an interest in more than 1 adjustment unit at any given time.

 

       (5)    For the purpose of this Section, a person includes any of the following:

 

                (a)    a beneficial shareholder of a corporation, regardless of the number of shares held by the beneficial shareholder of the corporation and the total number of beneficial shareholders;

 

                (b)    a partner of a partnership, regardless of the partner’s interest in the partnership and the total number of partners;

 

                (c)    an income and capital beneficiary of a trust, regardless of the percentage interest of the beneficiary and the total number and kind of beneficiaries.

 

       (6)    Subject to subsection (10), a producer who transfers all or part of their base quota must not retain any part of an adjustment unit and is not eligible for an adjustment unit as provided for in subsection (7).

Subsection 4(6) amended: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (7)    Subject to subsections (4) and (6), if a producer transfers all or part of their base quota, the Commodity Board must issue 1 adjustment unit to each transferee.

 

       (8)    Subject to subsection (4), if an adjustment unit is eliminated as a result of a transfer or otherwise, the Commodity Board may, at the end of a base quota period, issue an adjustment unit to 1 or more producers.

 

       (9)    The Commodity Board must issue 1 adjustment unit to each natural person who accepts an invitation to become a producer under Section 5.


Transfers to certain entities

       (10)  Despite subsection (6), after applying to and obtaining approval from the Commodity Board in accordance with Section 7, a natural person who is a producer may transfer base quota and an adjustment unit to a corporation, partnership or trust in which the natural person is a beneficial shareholder, partner or beneficiary.

Subsection 4(10) amended: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Application for base quota

5     (1)    A natural person of the age of majority who is not and has never been a holder of base quota, is a resident of Nova Scotia, and wishes to be allotted base quota, may apply in writing to the Commodity Board.

 

       (2)    For the purpose of this Section, written confirmation from the natural person who wishes to be allocated base quota must be received at the office of the Commodity Board on or before noon of the last business day of December in a calendar year.


Allocation of base quota

       (3)    At the end of a base quota period, the Commodity Board must decide whether it is in the best interests of the industry to invite a person who has applied to the Commodity Board to become a producer and receive an allocation of base quota.

 

       (4)    An invitation issued under subsection 5(3) must include all the following terms and conditions:

Subsection 5(b) renumbered 5(4) and amended: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

                (a)    that the invited person has ownership of facilities that meet the minimum growing capacity specified in the invitation by a specified date;

 

                (b)    that the facilities of the invited person are satisfactorily inspected by a person designated by the Commodity Board;

 

                (c)    that base quota is issued in the name of the invited person in an amount not less than specified in subsection 6(2);

 

                (d)    that transfer of base quota by the invited person is prohibited for at least 3 years from the date of issue of base quota by the Commodity Board, except if the invited person dies, in which case the base quota is registered in the name of the invited person’s estate and may be transferred to heirs or beneficiaries of the invited person if each transferee has the minimum base quota specified in subsection 6(2);

 

                (e)    that the invitation must be accepted by the date specified.

 

       (5)    The Commodity Board must not invite a person to become a producer under this Section unless the quota allocation is at least equal to the quota allocation for the base quota period beginning with marketing period A-39 and ending with marketing period A-45.

 

       (6)    If an invited person does not accept the terms and conditions by the date specified in the invitation or if the invited person fails to comply with any terms or conditions on the invitation, the Commodity Board may withdraw or amend the invitation.


Approval of base quota transfers

6     (1)    A person to whom base quota has been issued and who wishes to transfer base quota must first apply to and obtain approval from the Commodity Board in accordance with Section 7.

Subsection 6(1) replaced: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (2)    A transfer of base quota for which Commodity Board approval is required includes all of the following:

 

                (a)    any transfer of all or part of the base quota held by a person to another person;

 

                (b)    any change in the shareholders or beneficial shareholders of a corporation that has been issued base quota;

 

                (c)    any change in the partners or percentage interest of a partnership that has been issued base quota;

 

                (d)    any change in the income or capital beneficiaries of a trust that has been issued base quota;

 

                (e)    any change other than those listed in clauses (a) to (d) that results in a person acquiring or disposing of an interest in base quota or that otherwise affects a person’s interest in base quota.

Subsection 6(2) added: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Minimum base quota

       (3)    The Commodity Board must not approve an application to transfer a part of a producer’s base quota if, after the transfer, the base quota held by each of the producer and the transferee would be less than 235 000 kg live weight.

Subsection 6(2) renumbered (3): N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (4)    (a)    An application for transfer of base quota must be made in writing at least 18 weeks before the beginning of the marketing period when the transfer of base quota is anticipated.

 

                (b)    The Commodity Board may give approval in principle to a transfer, subject to the terms and conditions specified by the Commodity Board’s policy.

Subsection 6(3) renumbered (4): N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (5)    (a)    Except as provided in clause (b) the transfer of base quota takes effect the first day of the unlicenced marketing period.

Clause 6(4)(a) amended: N.S. Reg. 321/2007.

 

                (b)    If any terms and conditions of a transfer of base quota are not met after the transfer is approved in principle, the transfer does not take effect until the next unlicenced marketing period after compliance with the terms and conditions.

Subsection 6(4) renumbered (5): N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Application for transfer of base quota

7     (1)    An application for a transfer of base quota must be on a form approved by the Commodity Board and must include all of the following:

 

                (a)    the name and address of each person who will have an interest in base quota as a result of the proposed transfer of base quota;

 

                (b)    if only part of a producer’s base quota is being transferred, the name and address of each person who will continue to have an interest in base quota;

 

                (c)    written evidence of a binding agreement between the producer and the transferee for the transfer of base quota and, if applicable, facilities on a specified transfer date;

 

                (d)    the signatures of the producer and the proposed transferee;

 

                (e)    for a proposed transfer without facilities, details about the facilities where chicken will be produced and, if chicken are to be produced in a leased facility, an application under subsection 10(8) for approval to produce chicken in a leased facility entirely dedicated to the transferee;

 

                (f)    any additional information or documentation that the Commodity Board considers relevant to the application.

Subsection 7(1) replaced: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Transfer of base quota without facilities

       (2)    The Commodity Board may approve a transfer of base quota without facilities to any person or persons if each transferee has facilities that comply with subsections 10(7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), and (13).

 

       (3)    The Commodity Board may specify in its policy other terms and conditions that are appropriate for base quota transfers.

Subsection 7(3) repealed and 7(4) renumbered 7(3): N.S. Reg. 321/2007.


Cancellation of base quota or adjustment unit

8     (1)    The Commodity Board may cancel all or part of a producer’s base quota or any adjustment unit in the producer’s name, or both, if any of the following occurs:

 

                (a)    the producer fails to submit to the Commodity Board reports concerning production and marketing of chicken as prescribed by Section 18; or

 

                (b)    the producer fails to produce or market chicken in a volume consistent with the licence issued to the producer within a reasonable time after receiving written notice from the Commodity Board that it is considering cancellation of the base quota or adjustment unit, or both;

 

                (c)    the producer fails to comply with a condition in an approval of transfer of base quota;

 

                (d)    the producer raises a flock in facilities not owned by the producer without the prior written approval of the Commodity Board;

 

                (e)    the producer fails to allow an inspector to inspect the books, records and premises used in the production of chicken;

 

                (f)    the producer violates the Plan or these regulations.


Effect of cancellation

       (2)    If part or all of a producer’s base quota or adjustment unit has been cancelled by the Commodity Board, the base quota or adjustment unit is deemed to have been transferred to the Commodity Board and may be retired or reissued by the Commodity Board to any person on any terms and conditions approved by the Commodity Board.


No compensation

       (3)    A producer whose base quota is transferred to the Commodity Board under this Section is not entitled to any compensation from the Commodity Board.


Part III - Licensing and Fees


Requirement to hold licence

9     (1)    Except as provided in subsection (2), a person must not engage in the production or marketing of chicken unless the person holds a valid licence.


Exception

       (2)    The production of up to 200 birds per premise in a calendar year for personal consumption does not require a licence.

Subsection 9(2) replaced: N.S. Reg. 321/2007.

 

       (3)    (a)    A producer must pay the Commodity Board the fee prescribed in Section 14; and

Clause 9(3)(a) amended: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

                (b)    register the facilities, pursuant to subsection 11(1), on a form approved by the Commodity Board.


Categories of licences

       (4)    The following are the types of licences issued by the Commodity Board:

 

                (a)    producer licence;

                (b)    producer-vendor licence;

                (c)    vendor licence;

                (d)    special licence; and

                (e)    specialty licence.

Subsection 9(4) replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Applying for licence

       (5)    A person must submit a completed application to the Commodity Board, on a form approved by the Commodity Board, for each type of licence sought.

Subsection 9(5) replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Transferring licence

       (6)    Before transferring a licence, a person must apply for approval of the transfer by submitting an application to the Commodity Board on a form approved by the Commodity Board and within the time limit prescribed by the Commodity Board, and paying the licence transfer fee prescribed by the Commodity Board.

Subsection 9(6) replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

       (7)    Special licences and specialty licences are not transferable.

Subsection 9(7) replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Producer licences

10   (1)    A producer licence must state all of the following:

 

                (a)    the name of the licensee;

                (b)    the marketing period for which it is issued;

                (c)    the quantity in kilograms live weight of chicken.


Effective date of producer licence

       (2)    (a)    A producer licence does not take effect unless the Commodity Board receives the production and marketing agreement by the deadline date specified in the production and marketing agreement.

 

                (b)    If a person markets chicken after missing the filing deadline for the production and marketing agreement, the person is still liable to pay the fee specified in subsection 14(1), and the overmarketing assessment levy specified in subsection 12(5), based on the amount of chicken actually marketed by the person and the amount specified in the producer licence even though the licence is not in effect.

Clause 10(2)(b) amended: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Production standard

       (3)    The Commodity Board must determine the standard amount of kilograms live weight for a producer licence by multiplying 31 kg by the producer’s building capacity per square metre as recorded with the Commodity Board at the time of issuing the licence.

 

       (4)    A producer must not market more kilograms live weight in a marketing period than the production standard unless the producer and the processor specify their agreement to exceed the standard in the production and marketing agreement filed with the Commodity Board for that marketing period.


Under production of producer licences

       (5)    A producer who markets less than 96% of the production standard prescribed by the total producer licences issued to that producer in a base quota period must appear before the Commodity Board to explain why less chicken was marketed than was licensed for.


Refusal to issue producer licence

       (6)    If the Commodity Board is not satisfied with the explanation given under subsection (5),

 

                (a)    the Commodity Board must refuse to issue, in whole or in part, the producer’s producer licence for future marketing periods; or

 

                (b)    if the producer is currently a licence holder, the Commodity Board must refer the matter to Council, who may suspend or revoke the producer’s producer licence.

Subsection 10(6) replaced: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Facilities requirement

       (7)    A licence confers upon a producer the right to produce chicken in facilities owned by the producer and registered with the Commodity Board under subsection (10).

 

       (8)    A producer who holds a producer licence and who wishes to produce chicken in facilities owned by another person must submit, on a form approved by the Commodity Board, an application to the Commodity Board for approval to produce chicken in leased facilities.

 

       (9)    In considering an application to produce chicken in leased facilities, the Commodity Board must be satisfied that both of the following are complied with:

 

                (a)    the applicant and the owner have signed a written agreement, on a form approved by the Commodity Board, that permits the applicant to produce chicken in the leased facilities for the marketing period of the applicant’s producer licence;

 

                (b)    there is a clearly segregated and definable space of a permanent nature allocated to the applicant in the leased facilities that will permit chick placement and marketings to be accurately reported.


Registering producers’ facilities

       (10)  A producer must register the producer’s facilities as required by the Commodity Board.

 

       (11)  Before issuing a producer licence, the Commodity Board may, for the purpose of registering facilities and upon reasonable notice of its intention to do so, examine and measure the interior and exterior dimensions of any buildings in which chicken will be produced.

 

       (12)  A producer must allow a representative of the Commodity Board to enter the producer’s owned or leased facilities for the purpose of examining them in accordance with subsection (11) or to ensure that there continues to be a clearly segregated and definable space in accordance with clause (9)(b).

 

       (13)  The building capacity for producing chicken per square meter of a registered facility includes only usable production floor space.


Basis for licence amount

11   (1)    Subject to subsection (2) and Section 10, the quantity of chicken in kilograms live weight for each producer licence is based on

 

                (a)    the base quota held by each producer;

 

                (b)    processor market requirements; and

 

                (c)    the quota allocation.


Adjustments

       (2)    Adjustments to licences must be apportioned among all producers who have an interest in an adjustment unit based on each producer’s share of all adjustment units.


Agreement with processor

12   (1)    Before each marketing period, a producer and a processor must enter into a production and marketing agreement for that marketing period, [and] a production and marketing agreement must specify the following:

 

                (a)    the number of chicken to be placed with the producer;

                (b)    the target average weight for each chicken at marketing;

                (c)    the scheduled process week for the chicken to be placed.


Maximum kilograms

       (2)    The product obtained by multiplying the number of chicken to be placed minus expected mortality by the target average weight at marketing shall not exceed the quantity of kilograms live weight prescribed by the producer licence for that marketing period.


Subsections 12(3) and (4) repealed: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Overmarketing assessment levy

       (5)    Regardless of whether a producer holds producer licences for one or both marketing periods of an overmarketing assessment period, the producer must pay the following overmarketing assessment levy if the producer markets more kilograms live weight during the overmarketing assessment period than is prescribed by their producer licences:

 

                (a)    $0.44 for every kilogram marketed that is over 102% and up to 104% of the total prescribed by the licences;

 

                (b)    $0.88 for every kilogram marketed that is over 104% of the total prescribed by the licences.

Subsection 12(5) replaced: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.

 

       (5A) A written notice of the amount of the overmarketing assessment levy due must be sent to a producer by the Commodity Board.

Subsection 12(5A) replaced: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Payment of levy

       (6)    A person required to pay an overmarketing assessment levy under this Section must send the payment to the Commodity Board within 14 days of the date that the written notice was mailed by the Commodity Board.

Subsection 12(6) amended: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Waiver of levy

       (7)    In extenuating circumstances, the Commodity Board may waive all or part of an overmarketing assessment levy under this Section.

Subsection 12(7) amended: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Section 13 repealed: N.S. Reg. 67/2009.


Producer licence fees

14   (1)    Each producer who holds a producer licence must pay to the Commodity Board, at the time the producer’s chicken are marketed, a fee of $1.48 plus any applicable taxes, per 100 kilograms, based on live weight of the chicken marketed.

Subsection 14(1) amended: N.S. Reg. 12/2015.

 

       (2)    Before a specialty licence is issued, the applicant must pay to the Commodity Board

 

                (a)    a fee of $0.08 per chicken, plus any applicable taxes;

 

                (b)    the fee for the cost of special labels issued by the Commodity Board; and

 

                (c)    a licence fee of $25.00.

Subsection 14(2) replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Deduction by processor

       (3)    Despite subsection (1), if a producer is marketing chicken through the processing plant of a processor, the processor must deduct the licence fees referred to in subsection (1) before making any settlement with the producer, and the licence fees collected by the processor must be paid on behalf of the producer to the Commodity Board no later than 15 days after the end of the month in which the fee was deducted.


Producer responsibility

       (4)    If a processor fails to pay the licence fees to the Commodity Board on behalf of a producer in accordance with subsection (2), the licence fees must be immediately paid by the producer.


Payment by producer

       (5)    If a producer markets chicken without shipping to a processor, the producer must pay the licence fees to the Commodity Board within 7 days of marketing the chicken or the Commodity Board will assess an equivalent per chicken fee for the marketing.


When marketing occurs

       (6)    Marketing is deemed to have occurred,

 

                (a)    if a producer is also a processor, whether directly or indirectly as a beneficial shareholder or partner or beneficiary of a trust, or through an associated company, when live chicken[s] are removed from the producer’s facilities for the purposes of processing or marketing; or

 

                (b)    in all cases other than as described in clause (a), when chicken are [is] delivered to the plant or other location where the producer is paid.


Condemned chicken

       (7)    Despite clause 6(b) [(6)(b)], chicken is not considered to be marketed and no fee is payable for any chicken delivered to a plant and not subsequently resold in any form for human consumption because it is condemned by inspectors acting under the Health of Animals Act (Canada) or the Meat Inspection Act as unsuitable for resale.


Consequences for non-payment of fee

       (8)    If a processor or producer does not pay a fee as required by this Section,

 

                (a)    the Council may suspend or revoke the producer’s producer licence; and

 

                (b)    the Commodity Board may cancel or reduce the producer’s base quota or any adjustment unit, or both.

Subsection 14(8) replaced: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Vendor licence fee

15   Each person who sells chicks in the regulated area must pay to the Commodity Board a fee of $0.10 for each chick sold to any person who does not hold a licence.

Section 15 replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Special licences

16   (1)    A special licence is issued by the Commodity Board may be for any marketing period.


Effect of special licence

       (2)    A special licence does not entitle a producer to any rights other than those specifically stated in the special licence and does not confer any rights to receive additional licence or base quota.


Breach of regulations

       (3)    A special licence may be suspended or revoked by the Council if the licence holder violates the Act, any regulation or any policy of the Commodity Board, including failing to pay any applicable fee or to comply with the terms of the special licence.

Subsection 16(3) amended: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Specialty licence

17   (1)    A specialty licence must state all of the following:

 

                (a)    the producer’s name;

 

                (b)    the licensing period;

 

                (c)    the number of chicken licensed to be produced; and

 

                (d)    the type of chicken to be produced.


Facility inspection

       (2)    Before issuing a specialty licence, the Commodity Board may visit, examine, measure and photograph the producer’s facilities to ensure they conform with the requirements that apply to the type of specialty chicken the producer is licensed to produce.


Underproduction

       (3)    A specialty licence holder who markets less than 92% of the chicken that their specialty licence permits them to produce during a licensing period is eligible for only the amount of their proven production plus 10% as the maximum amount to be marketed in the following licensing period.


Extenuating circumstances

       (4)    A specialty licence holder who claims that there were extenuating circumstances for underproduction must provide a detailed explanation to the Commodity Board outlining the circumstances that led to the underproduction of chicken.


No base quota conferred

       (5)    A specialty licence does not entitle a producer to any rights other than those specifically stated in the specialty licence and does not confer any rights to receive base quota.

Section 17 replaced: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.


Part IV - Records and Reporting


Licence [Licensee] required to maintain records

18   (1)    A person licensed by the Commodity Board must maintain complete and accurate records relating to the licensee’s production and marketing of chicken.


Requirement to give information

       (2)    A person licensed by the Commodity Board must, if requested in writing, give the Commodity Board, or any agent of the Commodity Board authorized for that purpose, any information relating to the licensee’s production and marketing of chicken on the appropriate forms approved by the Commodity Board and referred to in this Section.


Processor reports

       (3)    A processor must, within 3 business days of the end of each week, send to the Commodity Board a properly completed processor marketing report form in relation to all chicken processed by the processor during the previous week.


Producer reports

       (4)    On delivery of chicken to a processor, a producer may be required to send to the Commodity Board a copy of the producer’s delivery slip, properly completed to show the producer’s licence number and the number of chicken delivered to the processor.


Return recap form

       (5)    Within 14 days of marketing, a producer must send to the Commodity Board a properly completed return recap form in relation to all chicken marketed by the producer.


Hatchery report

       (6)    Within 10 days of the end of each month, a hatchery operator must send to the Commodity Board a properly completed hatchery report showing

 

                (a)    the number and variety of chicks delivered to each person; and

 

                (b)    the name and address of each person to whom chicks were delivered.


Vendor report

       (7)    A vendor who sells chicks to any person who is not a holder of a licence must register with the Commodity Board and must provide all the following information within 10 days of the end of each month:

Subsection 18(7) amended: N.S. Reg. 142/2010.

 

                (a)    the vendor’s name and address;

 

                (b)    the quantity of chicks marketed in the reporting period to each person, if any;

 

                (c)    the name and address of each person to whom chicks were sold or delivered in the reporting period, if any.


Corporations

       (8)    A producer that is a corporation must identify in a form approved by the Commodity Board each beneficial shareholder of the producer and send the completed form to the Commodity Board on an annual basis and within 30 days of any change in the beneficial shareholders.


Partnerships

       (9)    A producer that is a partnership must identify in a form approved by the Commodity Board each partner of the producer and send the completed form to the Commodity Board on an annual basis and within 30 days of any change in the partners.


Trusts

       (10)  A producer that is a trust must identify in a form approved by the Commodity Board each income and capital beneficiary of the trust and send the completed form to the Commodity Board on an annual basis and within 30 days of any change in the beneficiaries.

 

       (11)  On or before April 30 in 2011 and in every 3rd calendar year after 2011, each person that has been issued base quota must submit a certificate to the Commodity Board in a form approved by the Commodity Board, identifying all persons who have an interest in that base quota as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the certificate is provided.

Subsection 18(11) added: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.

 

       (12)  Despite subsection (11), the Commodity Board may at any time require any person that has been issued base quota to submit, no later than 30 days after receiving notice of the requirement, a certificate to the Commodity Board in a form approved by the Commodity Board identifying all persons who have an interest in that base quota.

Subsection 18(12) added: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Forms

       (13)  The Commodity Board must, upon written request, supply any form or report referred to in these regulations to any person.

Subsection 18(11) renumbered (13): N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Failure to provide reports

       (14)  The Council may suspend or revoke a licence, and the Commodity Board may refuse to issue a licence, if a licensee or applicant fails to provide a report required by these regulations.

Subsection 18(12) renumbered (14) and replaced: N.S. Reg. 182/2010.


Part V - Pricing


Base price

19   (1)    The price that is recommended as the base price by the Price Negotiating Committee under clause 8(1)(b) of the Plan or established by final offer arbitration under these regulations must be immediately sent to the General Manager of the Commodity Board.


Publication

       (2)    The General Manager of the Commodity Board must publish the base price and distribute it as soon as is practicable to each producer and processor.


Catching

       (3)    The base price includes all costs incurred in catching.


Premium

20   (1)    In addition to the base price, a processor must pay to a producer a premium per kilogram live weight as determined by resolution of the Commodity Board.

 

       (2)    The premium paid to a producer by a processor must be based on the average live weight of all chicken contained in each truckload shipped by the producer to the processor.


Condemned chicken

21   (1)    A processor purchasing chicken must pay for all chicken received at the premises of a producer other than chicken that are condemned at the processing plant by inspectors acting under the Health of Animals Act (Canada) or the Meat Inspection Act because of reasons of disease or emaciation.


Bruised birds

       (2)    No parts of or whole bruised chicken are to be charged back to the producer by the processor.


Requirement to pay published price

22   Unless authorized by the Commodity Board in writing, a producer must not sell or offer to sell and a processor must not buy chicken at a price less than the base price established by either the Price Negotiating Committee or the final offer arbitration and published by the Commodity Board.


Part VI - Appeals


Appeal provisions

23   (1)    An interested person or class of persons affected by a decision has the right to appeal a decision of the Commodity Board on any of the following:

 

                (a)    cancellation of a licence;

 

                (b)    refusal to issue a licence;

 

                (c)    refusal to approve a quota transfer;

 

                (d)    cancellation of base quota;

 

                (e)    refusal to issue quota allocation.

 

       (2)    An interested person or class of persons affected by a decision of the Commodity Board may request the Council to hear an appeal on a decision and, except as provided for in subsection (1), the Council may, in its discretion, determine whether to hear an appeal.


Part VII - Final Offer Arbitration Procedure


Time and place of arbitration

24   (1)    If the Price Negotiating Committee fails to agree on a recommended base price as provided for in clause 8(1)(b) of the Plan, a final offer arbitration hearing must be held.

 

       (2)    The Price Negotiating Committee must send a written meeting notice to the parties that includes the date for the final offer arbitration hearing.

 

       (3)    A final offer arbitration hearing date must be no later than the Thursday immediately after the beginning of a marketing period.

 

       (4)    A final offer arbitration hearing must take place at the office of the Commodity Board unless the parties and the arbitrator agree on another location.


Parties

25   The Commodity Board and the processors are the only 2 parties to a final offer arbitration hearing.


List of arbitrators

26   (1)    The Commodity Board must maintain a list of arbitrators that is agreed to by both parties and must update the list at least annually.

 

       (2)    By April 30 of each year, the Commodity Board must mail all of the following to the processors:

 

                (a)    the current approved list of arbitrators;

 

                (b)    the Commodity Board’s recommendations for any new names to be added to and existing names to be deleted from the current approved list;

 

                (c)    a request that the processors make further recommendations for any new names to be added to or existing names to be deleted from the current approved list.

 

       (3)    By May 31 of each year, the processors must respond to the request in clause 2(c) [(2)(c)] by providing all of the following to the Commodity Board:

 

                (a)    their approval of any of the Commodity Board’s recommendations;

 

                (b)    their recommendations for any new names to be added to or any existing names to be deleted from the current approved list.

 

       (4)    Despite subsections (1) to (3), if the Commodity Board and processors are unable to agree on a list of arbitrators by June 30 of any year, the Council must provide a list of arbitrators as soon as possible to the Commodity Board and processors.

 

       (5)    A list provided under subsection (4) is deemed to be the approved list and remains in effect until the parties agree on an approved list.


Appointment of arbitrator

27   (1)    The Commodity Board must appoint an arbitrator from the approved list of arbitrators at least 5 days before the date set for the final offer arbitration hearing.

 

       (2)    The Commodity Board must appoint arbitrators in the order in which their names appear in the list, on a rotational basis throughout the year, subject to their availability.


Representation

28   (1)    Each party to a final offer arbitration hearing may be represented by counsel or 1 or more agents.

 

       (2)    Except with the consent of the arbitrator, no more than 3 officers or directors of either party may be present during a final offer arbitration hearing.

 

       (3)    Any of the officers or directors present during a final offer arbitration hearing may speak on behalf of the party that the officer or director represents.


Exchange of documents

29   (1)    At the beginning of a final offer arbitration hearing, each party must provide the arbitrator with a written submission specifying the party’s final offer regarding price and outlining the facts supporting the final offer.

 

       (2)    Two copies of each party’s written submission required by subsection (1) must be simultaneously provided to the other party.

 

       (3)    Neither party may remove any written submission from the place of the final offer arbitration hearing until both parties have made representations to the arbitrator with respect to their written submissions.


Conduct of arbitration hearing

30   (1)    An arbitrator may conduct a final offer arbitration hearing in accordance with these regulations in any manner the arbitrator considers appropriate, and each party must be treated fairly and be given full opportunity to present the party’s case.

 

       (2)    Unless waived by both parties, there must be a break in the hearing after the parties have made oral representations, the duration of which is determined by the arbitrator, to permit the parties and the arbitrator to review the written submissions and representations.

 

       (3)    Following the break referred in subsection (2), each party has the right to cross-examine the other party’s representatives on its written submissions and the oral representations made.

 

       (4)    A person must not, at any time, convey any information to the arbitrator except as part of the final offer arbitration hearing and in the presence of both parties to the arbitration.

 

       (5)    An arbitrator must not meet separately with either of the parties or receive information from a party without full disclosure of the information to the other party.


Confidentiality

31   (1)    A final offer arbitration hearing must be held in private.

 

       (2)    All documents relevant to a final offer arbitration hearing must be kept confidential by the arbitrator and the parties and must not be disclosed to any other person, except with the written consent of both parties.


Evidence

32   (1)    Each party must provide a statement of facts and relevant documents in support of its position.

 

       (2)    An arbitrator is the judge of relevancy and materiality of the evidence offered in a final offer arbitration hearing and is not required to apply the legal rules of evidence.


Examination of parties

33   Subject to subsection 30(5), an arbitrator may order a party, or a representative of a party, to submit to examination by the arbitrator under oath or affirmation and to submit all documents that the arbitrator requires.


Decision of arbitrator

34   (1)    An arbitrator must select either party’s final offer as set out in the party’s written submission as the base price for the purpose of subsection 19(1).

 

       (2)    An arbitrator must give an oral decision to both parties within 24 hours after a final offer arbitration hearing ends and must provide a written decision with reasons to both parties within 7 days after a final offer arbitration hearing ends.

 

       (3)    In making a decision, an arbitrator must consider only the written and oral representations made during a final offer arbitration hearing.

 

       (4)    A decision of an arbitrator is final and binding upon the parties.


Arbitrator’s fees

35   An arbitrator’s fees must be paid by the Commodity Board.