Membership in the Alberta Elk Commission


Membership in the Alberta Elk Commission is mandatory for all Cervid Farm License holders in the province of Alberta. There is also an opportunity for investors, and other interested parties to obtain a non-voting Associate membership.

The AEC is managed by a set of regulations overseen by the AAFRD Agricultural Products Marketing Council. These regulations stipulate the criteria for membership. The sections of the Alberta Elk Plan that pertain to membership in the Alberta Elk Commission are as follows:

Marketing of Agricultural Products Act -
Alberta Elk Plan Regulation Governance of Plan

Division 1
Eligible Producers

16(1) For the purposes of this Plan,

(a) a producer is an eligible producer if

(i) the producer

(A) is the holder of a farm license and is identified in an animal inventory maintained under the Livestock Industry Diversification Act,

(B) in the case of a farm license that is issued to more than one producer, is the producer who is listed first on the farm license as a license and is identified in an animal inventory maintained under the Livestock Industry Diversification Act, or

(C) in the case of more than one person representing the interests of a single farm license, is appointed by those persons to represent those interests,

and

(ii) the producer has paid both a base service charge and a product service charge under this Plan

(A) in the current fiscal year, or

(B) in the fiscal year immediately preceding the current fiscal year;

(b) the Commission is to maintain a list of eligible producers;

(c) all producers who can be identified by the Commission as having met the criteria set out in clause (a) are to be included on the list of eligible producers for that fiscal year;

(d) any producer who is not listed as an eligible producer on the Commission's list of eligible producers is to be added to the list where the producer can provide proof that is satisfactory to the Commission that the producer meets the criteria set out in clause (a);

(e) once a producer is listed with the Commission as an eligible producer, the producer is eligible, notwithstanding that the producer may no longer meet the criteria set out in clause (a)(ii), to continue to be recognized as an eligible producer from fiscal year to fiscal year, unless the eligible producer ceases to pay both a base service charge and a product service charge under this Plan in the 2 subsequent fiscal years following the current fiscal year, in which case the producer ceases to be an eligible producer;

(f) where a producer ceases to be an eligible producer under clause (e), the producer is entitled to again become an eligible producer for any fiscal year in which the producer pays both a base service charge and a product service charge under this Plan.


General Rights of Eligible Producers

(17) In accordance with this Plan, an eligible producer is entitled, as a matter of right,

(a) to attend annual Commission meetings and special Commission meetings;

(b) to make representations on any matter pertaining to this Plan, the Commission and the board of directors;

(c) to vote on any matter under this Plan;

(d) to vote in any election for directors;

(e) to hold office as a director;

(f) to vote in any plebiscites of producers held under the Act;

(g) in the case of an eligible producer who is a member of a chapter, to exercise the rights referred to in section 40.