Remove impediments to growth and create an environment for expanded trade. That was the message of Industry leaders from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) when they held their annual Fall Harvest meetings with federal politicians in Ottawa November 5-7.
This year’s meetings focused on increasing the industry’s competitiveness, according to a news release issued by the CPMA and CHC. Industry leaders proposed innovative solutions to facilitate international trade, improve the health of Canadians, improve the administration of labour programs, and support the regulation of crop protection products.
“The produce industry supply chain has an estimated economic impact of $14 billion in real GDP in Canada, while supporting more than 181,000 jobs in the Canadian economy,” said Brian Gilroy, CHC president. “Our sector is not only critical to the health of Canadians, but also to the economic well-being of families across the country, and Canada as a whole.”
As part of the advocacy effort, CPMA and CHC hosted a reception with parliamentarians and their staff. The event featured three top local chefs and attracted more than 220 attendees, including The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of health, and parliamentary secretary Jean-Claude Poissant, representing the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food. The evening provided all attendees a more informal environment to network and build positive relationships.