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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

CHC represents employers at annual SAWP review in Barbados

Dec 1, 2017
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Delegates of 51st Annual Review Meeting of the Canadian/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme (SAWP).

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.” SAWP…

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Government announces Canadian Agricultural Partnership priorities

Nov 30, 2017
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Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, recently announced the priorities of the $1 billion federal investment under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is set to launch on April 1, 2018. According to the announcement, the government is focused on growing trade and expanding markets, innovative and sustainable growth, and supporting a diverse, dynamic,…

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CHC participates in NAFTA Technical Working Group on Pesticides

Nov 15, 2017
Tour leader Esteban Macías describes crop protection practices at Grupo U facility.
Tour leader Esteban Macías describes crop protection practices at Grupo U facility. Photo: Caleigh Irwin

CHC recently participated in a meeting of the NAFTA Technical Working Group on Pesticides, which took place in Guanajuato, Mexico. During two days of intensive meetings, delegates from the three NAFTA countries, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, discussed priority issues: harmonization of maximum residue limits (MRLs), minor use programs, environmental issues (pollinators), and tri-lateral trade.…

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Canadian produce industry urges parliamentarians to consider important trade and health issues

Nov 15, 2017
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Produce growers and industry representatives from all over Canada participated in a workshop to prepare for meetings with over 50 parliamentarians.

On November 7 and 8, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Notably, CPMA and CHC representatives addressed the need for continued free and…

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Government officials talk to real producers on crop protection tour of Ottawa-area farms

Sep 6, 2017
The group takes shelter during a brief period of rain during CHC’s informative crop protection tour. Photo credit: D. Folkerson (CHC)
The group takes shelter during a brief period of rain during CHC’s informative crop protection tour. Photo credit: D. Folkerson (CHC)

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently hosted representatives from government and industry on a tour of three farms in the Ottawa area. Tour attendees witnessed on-farm crop protection practices and discussed priority issues with actual farmers. Staff from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the Pest Management Centre, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Agriculture and…

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2017 Mid-Summer Apple Meeting & Orchard Tour

Aug 31, 2017
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Last July 25 and 26, Quebec’s Apple Producers hosted the annual meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Canadian apple industry. Representatives from the industry, from the Quebec and Canadian governments and from the other provinces increased their knowledge of Quebec’s apple industry. The event, held in the Laurentians, was a huge success! On July…

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Government officials tour SAWP farms

Aug 28, 2017
Participants talk to SAWP workers and farmers. Photo: Rebecca Lee (CHC)
Participants talk to SAWP workers and farmers. Photo: Rebecca Lee (CHC)

Representatives from four different government departments and departmental organizations recently made the trip to Norfolk County, known as “Ontario’s garden”, to observe the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) in action. Officials from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC); Service Canada; Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) participated in a…

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CHC welcomes the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association to its membership

Aug 28, 2017
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The Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) logo.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is happy to welcome its newest member: the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA). According to Allen Kirkpatrick, the association’s Executive Director, “The corrugated industry takes great pride in serving the packaging needs of important clients like those involved with CHC. We are committed to increasing exposure and our accessibility…

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CFIA launches new DNA-based projects to boost fruit plant trade

Aug 25, 2017
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On August 15, Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will lead two projects worth $500,000 that use new DNA-based technologies to reduce the quarantine testing time, protect Canada’s fruit industry from viruses, and boost trade and economic competitiveness in the $240 million Canadian tree fruit industry. The first project will dramatically…

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Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers hire new GM

Aug 16, 2017
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The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) would like to congratulate and welcome the new General Manager of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), Mr. Joe Sbrocchi. Mr. Sbrocchi joins OGVG with a number of years’ experience working within the greenhouse sector. For 20 years, Mr. Sbrocchi worked in the retail produce industry, buying and selling produce. He…

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