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Archive for December 2017

CHC Executive Director among panel of experts to review BRM programs

In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture agreed to undertake a review of business risk management (BRM) programs to assess program effectiveness and their impact on growth and innovation. CHC Executive Director, Rebecca Lee, has joined the external Expert Panel of producers, academics and experts that has been established to provide…

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Income Sprinkling – Finance Canada update

This fall, CHC has been busy, engaged in Finance Canada’s consultation on changes to the Income Tax Act. The Government has just announced revisions to its “Income Sprinkling” rule. These revisions are in addition to the revisions the government announced back in October, following a concerted advocacy effort by CHC and Canada’s small business community.…

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House of Commons Finance Committee recommendations for Budget 2018

On December 8, the House of Commons Committee on Finance tabled its recommendations to the Minister of Finance for Budget 2018, which include several recommendations essential to our industry, from labour needs to a financial deemed PACA-like trust to more resources for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).…

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Fall Harvest 2017: Follow up report

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) would like to again thank our industry participants and sponsors for contributing to the success of our Fall Harvest 2017 meetings on the Hill. In early November, industry leaders met with over 50 parliamentarians and political staffers in Ottawa to discuss the new…

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Labour awareness campaign meets fundraising target and moves into pre-production

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After an intensive six-month fundraising campaign, CHC is happy to announce that it has achieved its fundraising target and is proceeding to pre-production for a “promotional campaign featuring heart-warming and inspiring videos about international farm workers, their families, and the farmers who employ them.” Production will begin in the early spring, with the videos and…

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NAFTA Update (Following round 5, Mexico City)

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CHC continues to monitor NAFTA re-negotiations closely and to actively engage with Canadian negotiators and our counterparts in the U.S. and Mexico, to ensure the Canadian horticulture sector can continue to grow. CHC and CPMA travelled to Mexico City for Round 5, which was held from November 17-21. CHC was present to ensure Canada’s fruit…

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CHC represents employers at annual SAWP review in Barbados

delegates of 51st annual SAWP review meeting

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) was recently in Barbados for the 2017 Annual Review Meeting of the Canadian/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme (SAWP). According to Murray Porteous, Chair of CHC’s Labour Committee, it was the “most congenial and positive meeting we’ve had in at least 6 years. Everyone was very happy with the outcomes.” Government…

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