The New Democratic Party, led by Jagmeet Singh, has committed to payment protection for growers selling to the United States. The pledge was made June 16 when he unveiled the party’s platform for the fall federal election. 

Carrot, parsnip and onion grower Doug Van Luyk is one of those in the Holland Marsh who has expanded to 500 acres in both muck and mineral soils with the help of labour-saving technology. Here, his son Bradley stands on top of a self-propelled, two-row carrot harvester near Newmarket, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Photo courtesy Coral Beach Farms

British Columbia’s minimum wage went from $12.65 to $13.85 per hour on June 1, putting pressure on horticultural producers. Wage rates are scheduled for regular hikes in B.C. to $14.60 on June 1, 2020 and $15.20 on June 1, 2021.

“Everyone at the table” is the tag line for the first national food strategy. Federal ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $134 million in funding in Montreal.