Ottawa, ON, May 31, 2022 – Yesterday, Canadian food producers and suppliers (see Appendix A: Signatories to the Letter) delivered a letter to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, calling on the Federal Government to unleash Canada’s great potential for producing sustainable, affordable food for Canadians and the world. With the war in Ukraine, ongoing challenges…

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Ottawa, April 8, 2022 – Yesterday afternoon, the federal government released its 2022 Budget. Given how extensive the budget document is, it is disappointing to see how little mention there is of support for Canada’s agricultural sector. As we know, food production is not only a key economic driver for our country – which creates…

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The Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) is pleased that on March 24 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that they have determined Prince Edward Island (PEI) potatoes for consumption only, may resume under specified conditions that will pose little risk of introducing potato wart…

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Ottawa, ON – With the prolonged disruptions at Canada-U.S. border crossings, Canada’s agriculture and food industry is calling for an immediate conclusion of the blockades and for all levels of government to work collaboratively towards action to reinstate integral transport and trade corridors. Transport of fruits and vegetables, meat, food packaging, feed supplies, livestock shipments,…

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November 23, 2021 – Potato Wart (PW), a regulated quarantine pest, has been detected since 2000 in fields in Prince Edward Island (PEI). New detections in two commercial potato fields that were already under regulation due to association with earlier investigations were identified in October 2021.It should be noted that while the disease impacts potatoes,…

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November 4, 2021 – On behalf of North America’s fresh produce industry, national and regional associations have released a joint statement calling for urgent government action to address significant ongoing supply chain disruptionsimpacting our food systems, economies, and ultimately individuals and families across the continent and worldwide.  Produce challenges are amplified by the perishable nature…

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July 20, 2021 –  Following last week’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting of Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) expresses its support for the establishment of a Grocer Code of Conduct in Canada, which aims to bring greater fairness to food retail practices. The need for such a document was reaffirmed during last week’s…

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CHC applauds the step Ontario has made towards increasing the compensation rate for AgriStability, following the proposal from the federal government to remove the Reference Margin Limit (RML) and increase the compensation rate from 70% to 80%. While the agreement earlier in 2021 to remove the RML was a considerable success for many Canadian farmers, increasing the compensation rate is…

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Ottawa: June 9, 2021: Momentum is building to establish Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index. A private–public coalition of thirty-four diverse partners has released the Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance to affirm Canada’s agri-food leadership in a more demanding food world. There is a global race to reduce environmental impacts, meet…

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