Key issue: National issues
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA) works closely with the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), the sector's national organization, on issues of national importance or relevance.
OFVGA's representatives to the Canadian Horticultural Council are Jan VanderHout, Bill George and Brian Gilroy.
The Canadian Horticultural Council is trying to encourage the federal government to uphold the commitment made during the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) meetings between Prime Minister Harper and President Obama.
This is to establish a system in Canada similar to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) trust that currently exists in the United States and offers financial protection to produce sellers should they not receive payment for produce they've sold.
The U.S revoked Canada’s preferential PACA status on October 1, 2014 as no similar system is in place on the Canadian side of the border.
The federal government has been revamping the national Temporary Foreign Worker program.
The horticulture industry needs a reliable and consistent work force; CHC has to reinforce the value of the industry and why this is such a critical issue.