Communicating important messages about Canada’s fruit and vegetable industries is the goal of the annual Fall Harvest meetings in Ottawa with MPs and senior level civil servants.
It’s a three-day, focussed approach CPMA and CHC believe is effective and has a good track record, according to information on their websites. “Our advocacy in Ottawa led to several recommendations being included in the House of Commons Finance Committee’s pre-Budget 2018 report to the Finance Minister, just one month after Fall Harvest 2017”.
“These meetings have also played an important role in enabling access to key decision makers year-round, while raising the profile of the fresh produce industry and its issues.”
They add that “as we approach the 2019 federal election, a number of key issues continue to impact the entire fresh produce supply chain in Canada – taxes, labour, trade and many others. It is crucial that the produce industry is active in outreach to government to ensure that our industry’s needs are recognized in these efforts”.
For more information, go to the CHC site at: hortcouncil.ca/en/resources/events/fall-harvest/ or to register, go to the CPMA site at: cpma.ca/docs/default-source/registration-forms/FH_2018_registration_package_English.pdf