Alberta Lamb Producers Plebiscite on Service Charge Model Refundability
In September 2021, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency due to increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. With new measures to protect the health care system and decrease the spread of the virus, the Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) decided to move its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 20, 2021, from in-person to online (virtual).
A plebiscite on ALP’s service charge model refundability was planned for Alberta’s lamb industry to occur in conjunction with the AGM on November 20, 2021, with two methods for voting (electronically from November 1-20, 2021, and in-person at the AGM).
Due to concerns with voting in-person and moving to an online AGM, on September 30, 2021, the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council (Marketing Council), in consultation with ALP, decided to shift the voting period for this plebiscite to ALP’s 2022 AGM, which is anticipated to be held in November 2022.
Marketing Council and ALP recognize the importance of the plebiscite for Alberta’s lamb industry. Collectively, they have determined that this is the best path forward to ensure all eligible lamb producers have an opportunity to vote in the plebiscite.
Further details about the plebiscite for fall 2022 and voting methods will be available to producers in the coming months.