Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, is intended to protect farmers, their families, livestock, agri-food workers, and the entire food supply chain from incidents of trespass and activism. It was created by the Ontario government in response to increased acts of on-farm trespassing, escalating animal activist activities, and a surge in unlawful protests. Unwanted visitors and trespassers can have devastating impacts on the health and safety of farms, families, livestock and businesses. Farmers and their families deserve to feel safe at home on the farm. Agri-food employees have the right to work without being harassed. Individuals have the right to lawful protest. Bill 156 strikes an important balance, respecting the right to peaceful, public protest while giving the justice system the tools it needs to protect the food value chain from farm-to-table.
Misinformation is being spread about Bill 156, stating that it stifles free speech, impedes one’s right to protest, and prevents exposing the abuse of farm animals. A new website – AboutBill156 – was developed and launched in consultation with Ontario farmers, livestock transport drivers, and industry stakeholders to in an effort to address the misinformation being circulated regarding Bill 156. The website provides accurate information about the impact of activism on Ontario’s agri-food sector and the province’s food supply, including relevant provincial legislation, information about biosecurity protocols and animal care guidelines. Videos and testimonials from farmers and livestock drivers show why this legislation is necessary to protecting their farms, families, animals and the food supply chain across the province.
Learn more about how Bill 156 protects food safety and supports the needs of the agri-food sector at AboutBill156.com.