City of Ottawa Bylaws ‘Harmonization’

Based on

December 7, 2004 proposed License Categories and Fees

Rurals - Basis of Response

1)      Agricultural Producers selling their own products – exempt in all categories, except for public health and safety issues (eg. On their own property, private property & public property)

2)      Producer Based Farmers’ Markets and their vendors – exempt except for public health and safety issues

3)      Agricultural Exhibitions and Festivals and their vendors (all proceeds going to agricultural and/or charitable organizations) – exempt except for public health and safety issues

4)      Rural Exhibitions ( participating vendors are exempt of fees) – Fees set at 10% of Urban Fees and Canada Day is treated the same as other days

5)      Rural Sellers, Refreshment Vehicles and Refreshment Sellers – Fees set at 10% of Urban Fees and Canada Day is treated the same as other days

6)      Suburban Exhibitions ( participating vendors are exempt of fees) – Fees set at 50% of Urban Fees and Canada Day is treated the same as other days

7)      Suburban Sellers, Refreshment Vehicles and Refreshment Sellers – rates set at 50% of Urban Fees and Canada Day is treated the same as other days

City of Ottawa Bylaws ‘Harmonization’

Some Arguments based on Facts:

A.    Old Ottawa has systematically destroyed the incentive for agricultural producers to sell their own products by allowing resellers (“hucksters”) unrestricted access to the downtown, existing farmers’ markets controlled by the City.  This has reduced the agricultural/horticultural producer numbers from hundreds to tens, despite a huge growth in population.  Incentives must be provided to encourage new producers before they are all gone!

B.     City of Ottawa consumer research shows that urban consumers overwhelmingly prefer to buy Ottawa area produce from the producer.  Steps must be taken to encourage this to happen.

C.     About 90% of Ottawa’s population is in the urban area, 10% in the rural area.  Urban sellers have a ready customer base at hand.

D.    About 90% of the area of Ottawa is rural, meaning commerce in rural areas requires at least 900% more traveling by vendors and/or customers.

E.     Amenities like public transit are not provided by the City of Ottawa in rural areas (and should not be).  The result is that consumers without cars have access only to core markets served by urban transit.  Currently these markets are stocked by resellers or retailers with produce largely coming from thousands of miles away.  To reach these consumers, local agricultural producers must be encouraged to sell in urban areas. 

F.      Buying local produce has a multiplier effect of 7, meaning that each $1 spent by consumers on local agricultural produce generates about $7 in related commerce in the area.  This keeps our money working in the local economy, not elsewhere.


 

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