Cluster 2 Projects
Funded under Cluster 2, a research program led by CHC and generously funded by nearly 50 industry partners and AgriInnovation, an AAFC Growing Forward 2 initiative that provides funding and/or resources to organizations supporting pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based practices, processes and products.
Cluster 1 Projects
The research projects undertaken by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) between April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013 focused on four commodity groups: tree fruit, small fruit, potato, and water. The Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture was a multi-activity project funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in the amount of $4,700,000. Growers and partners contributed an additional $1,400,000—a significant investment in the sector.
- Advanced Postharvest Handling and Storage Technology for Canadian Apples
- Identifying genetic markers to enhance apple breeding in Canada
- Wild Blueberry Environmental and Production Risk Mitigation System
- Development of day neutral strawberries adapted to our changing climate and sustainable production
- Tunnel-growing Systems for Raspberries
- Late Blight – Part 2: Assessing the efficacy of new fungicides and fungicide combinations for control of late blight (Phytophthora infestans)
- Late Blight – Part 3: Function of phosphorous acid related compounds on suppression of late blight in potatoes
- Wireworms in Potatoes and Root Crops
- Impact of liquid hog manure and irrigation management on broccoli safety: field experiment
- Impact of irrigation on leaf lettuce and green onion safety: combining the irrigation-harvest delay and the content of Escherichia coli in water
Funded under AgriInnovation, an AAFC Growing Forward 2 initiative that provides financial and technical assistance for research and development activities that bring innovation to the sector; and for projects that help industry bring the results of research and development to market through adoption/commercialization.
Funded under AgriMarketing, an AAFC Growing Forward 2 initiative that provides project-based funding to non-profit organizations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) for promotional and market development activities.
Creation of CanadaGAP
CanadaGAP was started in 1999 as a CHC-led initiative. Between 2000 and 2008, CHC established eight commodity-specific On-Farm Food Safety Working Groups to complete commodity-specific hazard analyses. Task Groups were set up in 2007 to develop the certification system and audit protocols. All of the work was overseen by the CHC Food Safety Committee. In 2008, CHC launched the CanadaGAP certification program. In 2010 CanadaGAP was successfully benchmarked to the Global Food Safety Initiative and in 2012 became an independently operated program under a not-for-profit corporation called CanAgPlus. The CanadaGAP food safety program is now fully recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
AAFC Pest Management Centre
CHC has always advocated on crop protection issues. By 1998, CHC had developed a close working relationship with the USDA’s IR4 program and wanted to implement a similar program in Canada. In 2001, the IR4 relationship led to the release of CHC’s report entitled “Crop Protection: A better future for Canada”. Because of CHC’s lobbying efforts, Agriculture Canada was aware of how difficult it was to get pesticides registered for minor crops. The report peaked the interest of Agriculture Canada and the government decided to establish an agency to run a similar minor use program in Canada. Key CHC staff were recruited to set it up and so, in 2003, the Pest Management Centre came into being. CHC and the Pest Management Centre continue to work together on minor use meetings and priority setting workshops, including the third Global Minor Use Summit that was held in Montreal, in October 2017.
Tax fairness for small business
In summer 2017, CHC and its members were jolted by a government announcement proposing changes to Canada’s small business tax laws. The government proposed to target income sprinkling, lifetime capital gains exemptions, and passive investments. Although the government’s objective was to make the tax system fairer for all Canadians, these changes would have had serious deleterious effects on Canada’s farming community and small businesses. Because of quick action by CHC and industry associations across the country, Finance Canada revised its proposed legislation. Rarely does government do such a complete policy reversal in such a short time frame. This success was a testament to the collaborative efforts of over 80 organizations, many of whom CHC had not been in contact with before, all working together towards the same goal.
For more information on CHC's past projects and programs
contact Amy Argentino, Manager, Projects and Programs.