Archive for July 2019

New Video: Reuniting Families

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “Reuniting Families.”  Throughout the years, Valentine showed leadership and made Canada his home. He took pride in his day-to-day tasks and wanted to share it with his family. Now, his children and wife share a home in Rougemont. bringing two important parts…

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Grow the value-added food sector to capitalize on its untapped potential

Canada should expand the value-added food sector by improving regulations to allow for the expansion of international trade of processed food products, investing in innovation, and reducing the barriers to growth inside its borders, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry said in its latest report, Made in Canada: Growing Canada’s Value-Added Food Sector. The…

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Canada and the United States Propose to Recognize Certain European Countries As Free From Citrus and Asian Longhorned Beetles

In response to a request from the European Commission, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are proposing to recognize 22 European Union (EU) Member States as free from citrus longhorned beetle (CLHB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALHB). Under this proposal,…

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Canada Pavillion at World’s Largest Fresh Produce Trade Show (Fruit Logistica, February 2020)

Fruit Logistica is the world largest fresh produce trade show, attracting over 78,000 visitors from over 130 countries around the world. The 2020 show marks the fourth consecutive year for the official Canada Pavilion, which has grown to include provincial ministries of agriculture, associations, and private companies representing diverse products and services from across the…

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Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2020 Budget

The Standing Committee on Finance has launched its Pre-Budget Consultations in advance of the 2020 budget. Written submissions of no more than 2,000 words, based on the following template, can be submitted to the Committee until Friday, August 2, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All text contained in the submission, including, but not limited to graphs,…

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Pest fact sheet on Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

CFIA has released a new pest fact sheet on tomato brown rugose fruit virus. If you think you have found tomato brown rugose fruit virus, or if you have questions about the virus, contact your local CFIA office. Learn more: Tomato brown rugose fruit virus.

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Tsawwassen’s New Container Examination Facility Now Operational

As of June 17th, 2019, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF) is now open. Historically, the most vital marine port in all of Canada is the Vancouver port, accounting for 57% of the marine containers entering into Canada each year. With a growing majority of Canada’s goods entering into the marine ports of…

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CHC Board of Directors 2019 Summer Tour

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors recently hosted their annual summer tour, this year visiting the Toronto and Niagara region of Ontario. The tour group was a cross section of industry and representatives from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Pest Management Centre, CropLife Canada, Farm Credit Canada, the Fruit…

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New Video: For my Son

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “For my son.”  Meet Kevin: His son has sickle cell anemia which requires costly medication monthly and travel to far towns to receive the treatment he needs. Through the International Farm Workers program, Kevin has worked for the past 12 years and…

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