The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, national association which represents the dynamic and diverse sector of Canadian agriculture known as horticulture.
The CHC's members are primarily involved in the production and packing of over 120 horticulture crops comprised of fruit and vegetables. The CHC has been committed to promoting the interests of its members since 1922.
The CHC's mission is an unwavering commitment to advance the growth and economic viability of horticulture by encouraging cooperation and understanding to build national consensus on key issues, so as to deliver unified and clear representation to governments and other national and international parties.
The CHC has a clear mandate to be a strong and active presence in the nation's capital on behalf of the sector by bringing issues to the attention of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and other federal and provincial ministers and departments, as directed by membership.
The CHC maintains a broad focus on behalf of the membership. The issues embrace an extensive range of needs and concerns, such as:
Research and Technology
access to crop protection tools and new technologies, including biotechnology
development of tools to facilitate the marketing of horticulture production
ensuring appropriate research is provided to the sector and that policy makers are kept aware of sector priorities and changing needs
Trade and Industry Standards
- food safety, crisis management
- assisting commodity sectors when faced with threats to their business
- providing input on foreign trade agreements and ensuring favourable business environment through fair import and export rules
- monitoring plant health issues and actions
- ensuring a user-friendly regulatory environment
- communication and dialogue with value chain stakeholders
Finance and Human Resources
- promoting equitable safety net programs for all horticultural producers in Canada
- monitor federal employment regulations and continue to support the FARMS and FERMES seasonal worker programs
Collation and dissemination of information to members is a key function of the CHC.