Promoting Canadian Oats

1. AOGC's Mandatory Regulatory Review

2. Conceptual Approval to Adopt Bylaws

1. AOGC's Mandatory Regulatory Review

Alberta Oat Growers Commission (AOGC) is a non-profit organization established in July 2012 through the approval of the Alberta Oat Growers Commission Plan Regulation under the authority of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act (MAPA) of Alberta. The regulations governing the Commission are listed below and expire July 2022. As per the legislative process, the three regulations will be reviewed for any amendments/changes and will be brought forward for producer review at the AOGC Annual General Meeting in 2022.

All proposed changes/updates will be posted on the website for producer input. Information on the process will also be provided in the June and November edition of the Prairie Oat Growers Association newsletter (Oat Scoop) that is mailed to all producers and posted on the website.

The following are links to the regulations that govern the AOGC found on the Government of Alberta Queen’s Printer webpage.

Alberta Oat Growers Commission Plan Regulation

Alberta Oat Growers Commission Authorization Regulation

Alberta Oat Growers Commission Regulations

2. Conceptual Approval to Adopt Bylaws

In 2020, MAPA was amended by the Government of Alberta, and one of the amendments was the ability to create bylaws to provide a more flexible and efficient regulatory framework to operate in. This amendment will provide the opportunity for boards and commissions to make bylaws, which means that provisions can be moved out of the Plan Regulation and into bylaws. However, changes to any bylaws would still need to be approved by the producer membership, the AOGC Board, and the Marketing Council. Bylaws would not need to be approved by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. AOGC’s Plan Regulation is the key regulation that establishes AOGC as an organization and sets out the governance requirements. The Plan Regulation: sets the purpose, objectives, governance framework and guides the operation of the organization. Currently any changes to the Plan Regulations must be approved by the producer membership, the AOGC Board, the Marketing Council, and then the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

The AOGC is seeking producer input to create and adopt bylaws to enable a more efficient and flexible regulatory framework through moving provisions from the Plan Regulations to bylaws.

For AOGC to establish bylaws, changes will be necessary to AOGC’s Plan Regulation. Many of the internal governance related provisions could be removed from the Plan Regulation and moved into bylaws. The bylaws would be made by AOGC upon the approval of the producer membership, the AOGC Board and the Marketing Council.

Provisions such as director terms, producer eligibility and rights, voting and election processes, duties of returning officer, etc. could move into bylaws rather than remain in AOGC’s Plan Regulation. These internal governance related items can change more frequently than the foundational elements such as establishing the actual marketing board, defining the regulated product, and who is regulated by the Plan.

Oversight and accountability are very important, and that is why the Marketing Council will be involved in any process to move to bylaws. Marketing Council is the supervisory agency and oversight body for Alberta’s 20 marketing boards and commissions and will be responsible for approving bylaws before they take effect, and for approving any amendments made to bylaws once they have been established, if the decision is to adopt bylaws.

Producers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the proposed regulatory amendment process and move to the adoption of bylaws by August 10, 2021 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions or comments can also be directed to: Shawna Mathieson, AOGC Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (306)530-8545.

Also, continue to watch the website for updates on the process, and any proposed regulatory amendments and the decision on bylaws.