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

Mar 22, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: CANADIAN HORTICULTURAL COUNCIL PREMIERES NEW DOCUMENTARY TO HONOUR INTERNATIONAL FARM WORKERS ‘Heartbeat – A Celebration of International Farm Workers’ Features Both Workers and Farm Owners in a Story About How They Work Together to Bring Fresh Produce to Canadians Documentary Producer Michael Hicks (Right) and Farmer Murray Porteous of Lingwood Farms (second from left)…

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The Government of Canada invests to advance Canadian horticulture

Mar 7, 2019
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Brian Gilroy, CHC President, and Minister MacAulay. Photo: AAFC

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food was at the Canadian Horticultural Council Annual General Meeting to announce a federal investment of up to $11.5 million to the Horticulture Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The cluster, led by the…

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CHC welcomes Minister Bibeau and thanks Minister MacAulay for his support of Canada’s horticultural sector

Mar 1, 2019
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Marie-Claude Bibeau. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) congratulates Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on her recent appointment as Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. CHC looks forward to working with the Minister and her staff on issues of great importance to Canadian fruit and vegetable growers, including crop protection, access to labour, business risk management, taxation, international trade, the…

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UofG internship pilot program seeks agri-food employers

Feb 26, 2019
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Are you an employer in the Food and Agriculture sector? Become an industry partner with the University of Guelph! The Flexible Internship Program is an innovative pilot program, which is comprised of an upper-year university credit course designed to teach job relevant skills and an internship with an industry partner. Visit the UofG website for…

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Prime Minister appoints new CFIA President

Feb 26, 2019
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Dr. Siddika Mithani. Photo: GovCanHealth Twitter account

Dr. Siddika Mithani has been appointed President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, effective February 27, 2019. CHC works closely with the CFIA on a number of issues, including the Canadian Plant Health Council, the Plant Health Network, food safety (including recalls), and ensuring that the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations are implemented as smoothly…

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New video: An essential workforce

Feb 26, 2019

We have just published our eighth video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description An apple grower from B.C. talks about how important his workers are to him. He has developed a real bond with them because they live close to each other and…

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Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers have a new Chair and Vice Chair

Feb 21, 2019
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Bill George, OFVGA's newly elected Chair.

Grape grower Bill George Jr. was elected as the new Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) at the organization’s 160th annual general meeting on February 19, 2019 after serving two years in the Vice Chair position. He takes over the role from greenhouse grower Jan VanderHout, who became Chair in 2017.…

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Government announces $50.3 million in funding to address emerging agricultural issues and capitalize on opportunities

Feb 20, 2019
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On February 12, 2019 Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced the new Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), an investment of $50.3 million over five years. CASPP is a $10 million per year program of non-repayable contribution funding. The program succeeds the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program that ended in March 2019. Funding available…

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New video: Women as valuable team members

Jan 31, 2019

We have just published our seventh video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description These women are incredible. The sacrifices they make – travelling away from their families just to be able to offer them a better life – takes so much strength, courage…

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CHC applauds the government for recognizing the importance of fruits and vegetables in new Canada Food Guide

Jan 25, 2019
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Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, delivers remarks at Fall Harvest 2018, hosted by CHC and the CPMA.

As the voice of Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers, we are extremely pleased that the new Canada Food Guide now provides such a clear message to Canadians: half your plate should be fruit and vegetables. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a cornerstone of good health and an important line of defense…

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