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

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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Labour awareness campaign meets fundraising target and moves into pre-production

Dec 11, 2017
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Thank you to our supporters! CHC has been tracking fundraising progress on this whiteboard at its national office.

After an intensive six-month fundraising campaign, CHC is happy to announce that it has achieved its fundraising target and is proceeding to pre-production for a “promotional campaign featuring heart-warming and inspiring videos about international farm workers, their families, and the farmers who employ them.” Production will begin in the early spring, with the videos and…

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NAFTA Update (Following round 5, Mexico City)

Dec 5, 2017
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CHC continues to monitor NAFTA re-negotiations closely and to actively engage with Canadian negotiators and our counterparts in the U.S. and Mexico, to ensure the Canadian horticulture sector can continue to grow. CHC and CPMA travelled to Mexico City for Round 5, which was held from November 17-21. CHC was present to ensure Canada’s fruit…

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CHC represents employers at annual SAWP review in Barbados

Dec 1, 2017
delegates of 51st annual SAWP review meeting
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.” Government…

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