On November 6 to 8, join members of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) for three days of focused advocacy work on Parliament Hill.
Two key issues currently on government agendas will impact the entire produce supply chain in Canada – the creation of a National Food Policy and trade issues such as the renegotiation of NAFTA. It is crucial that the produce industry reaches out to government to ensure its needs are recognized.
Our meetings are proven to work. Last year, we focused on labour issues. Two months later, the government announced important changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, including the elimination of the four-in, four-out rule. We are planning for a similar degree of traction this year, as we discuss trade and food policy issues.
Industry teams will meet with elected officials and high level civil servants to communicate our message. Your participation as a delegate or sponsor is the key to success in elevating the voice of the produce industry above the many vying for the attention of our government.
Registration is now open. Don’t delay, as hotel room blocks will be retained until October 11, 2017.
Why should I participate?
- Impact: The right policy decisions can have tremendously positive impacts on the produce industry. During last year’s Fall Harvest event, we met with nearly 60 elected representatives and their staff to discuss key issues, including improvements to temporary foreign worker programs. Shortly thereafter, the government lifted the four-in, four-out cumulative duration rule. Our voices were heard; with your help, they will be heard again.
- Strength in numbers: Over 40 growers and industry representatives joined us in Ottawa last year. We hope more of you will participate this year. The more who participate, the greater the number of elected officials we will be able to meet with, and the greater our chances of success.
- VIP reception with Chef Michael Smith: Event participants, MPs, and other key decision makers are invited to join a special VIP reception featuring Canada’s famous chef, Michael Smith, Ambassador for CPMA’s Half Your Plate
How much will it cost?
The event workshops and the VIP reception with Chef Michael Smith are free for Fall Harvest participants; however, participants are expected to pay their own travel and accommodations. CPMA and CHC have obtained a preferred room rate at the Ottawa Sheraton of $175 plus tax.