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

Awards presented at CHC 2018 AGM Banquet

Mar 21, 2018
alvin presenting the doug connory award to john macdonald
John MacDonald, (R) receives the Doug Connery Award from outgoing president, Alvin Keenan.

A changing of the guard was a central theme at the recent Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) annual general meeting. Held in Ottawa from March 13-15, the meeting attracted 150 delegates to review and debate policy – and to honour those for outstanding service to horticulture. Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Eirector, gave an Honourary Life Membership…

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Update – NAFTA Round 7 – Mexico City

Mar 9, 2018

CHC was on the ground in Mexico City for the agricultural portion of Round 7, from February 24-27. NAFTA Highlights Negotiators closed the sanitary and phytosanitary chapter, good regulatory practices chapter, and publication and administration chapter, as well as the chemicals annex, and the proprietary food formulas annex. These are in addition to three others…

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CHC continues to advocate for growers’ main trade issues as CPTPP deal is reached

Feb 7, 2018

In January, Canada, along with ten other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded discussions on a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Next steps include signing and ratifying the trade deal, which is estimated could take approximately 12-18 months. The new CPTPP deal is “great news for Canadian farmers and processors,”…

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Government Support of Canada’s Organic Sector

Feb 2, 2018

On January 26, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced support for the growth of Canada’s organic sector. Specifically, the Government of Canada will provide the Canadian General Standards Board the necessary funds to cover costs associated with the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards (COS) review. In late 2017, CHC submitted a letter of…

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NAFTA Update following Round 6 in Montreal

Jan 30, 2018

To quote Minister Freeland at the closing trilateral ministerial conference on January 29th, “negotiations are beginning to bear fruit.” CHC commends negotiators on their work thus far and for their continuing efforts in support of Canadian industry. Canada presented some “creative solutions” to the U.S.’s unconventional proposals, however, on the most contentious chapters including rules…

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Canada Pavilion Program

Jan 19, 2018

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced the launch of its new Canada Pavilion Program. As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a five-year $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector; the Canada Pavilion Program  is aimed at making trade show participation easier…

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CHC Executive Director among panel of experts to review BRM programs

Dec 20, 2017

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

Dec 19, 2017

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

Dec 15, 2017

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

Dec 13, 2017

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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