This Kingsville, Ontario greenhouse grower plans a new distribution centre for the Vancouver, BC area.  

The impacts of Ontario’s cap-and-trade policy and a proposed 32% increase to minimum wage rates are explored in interviews with The National Post and Business News Network. 

The Grower provides an update on a notice of registration activity. Exirel received minor use label expansion (URMULE) registration for control of aphids and the suppression of thrips in strawberries and the control of black vine weevil, obscure root weevil, spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle in caneberries in Canada.

The Labour Issues Coordinating Committee, which includes OFVGA, has commissioned an economic analysis of Ontario’s proposed wage hikes. Find out the impacts here.  

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh Farms

The integration of the North American greenhouse industry was on display last week as the United Fresh Produce Association honoured Peter Quiring with its FreshTEC Achievement Award in Chicago. On June 13, the greenhouse vegetable grower—who first started as a greenhouse fabricator -- was recognized for 20 years of contributions to the produce industry. 

If the minimum wage increases from $11.40/hr to $14/hr next January, Ontario farmers will pay a heavy price trying to sustain their businesses. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Farmers and small business owners are urged to testify at public hearings regarding the Ontario government’s intent to raise the minimum wage to $14/hr by January 2018 and $15/hr by January 2019.