February 21, 2018 – Niagara Falls, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canada's hardworking farmers and food processors are the backbone of Canada's economy
and the horticulture sector helps to ensure families across Canada and around the
world have safe, high-quality food on their kitchen tables. With almost $4.7 billion
in direct farm cash receipts, the Government of Canada is proud to support the commercial
strength of Canada's fruit and vegetable growers.
Speaking today at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Vance Badawey, Member
of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay,
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of over $175,000
to the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) in providing services
to Canadian buyers and sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The DRC, which acts as a third party financial dispute resolution body for fruit
and vegetable growers, received an investment of $118,795 to deliver an outreach
and education initiative on the impending Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and
Regulations. An additional $58,807 was provided under the same program to support
the industry to initiate work toward updating the Canadian grade standards for fresh
fruits and vegetables in order to reflect current market and consumer preferences.
"Our Government is committed to giving the horticulture industry in this province
and across Canada the tools it needs to succeed and become even more competitive.
These investments will help strengthen the commercial position of our fruit and
vegetables growers, while contributing to our Government's goal to grow Canada's
agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025." - Vance Badawey, Member of
Parliament for Niagara Centre
"We are very pleased the Government of Canada has provided support to the fruit
and vegetable sector for the DRC's role in the trade and commerce portion of the
SFCA as well as modernization of the Grade Standards Compendium for fresh fruit
and vegetables. The playing field will be truly leveled when everyone knows the
rights and responsibilities associated with the proposed regulatory requirement
for a DRC Membership. Furthermore, the grade standards play an essential role in
evaluating and resolving grade and condition disputes fairly and efficiently." -
Fred Webber, President and CEO of DRC
"We are pleased that the Government of Canada has committed funding for education
and outreach for the Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) as it takes on new roles
under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The DRC is an important institution
to support fair and ethical trading in the fast-paced fruit and vegetable market,
and today's funding announcement will support the supply chain to ensure Canadians
continue to have access to fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables." - Ron Lemaire,
President, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)
"CHC supports AAFC's decision to invest in outreach and education through the DRC
regarding the SFCA and Regulations. This investment will help provide clarity and
confidence to farmers across Canada and ensure Canada continues to produce the same
high quality fruit and vegetables to Canadians and the world." - Rebecca Lee, Executive
Director, Canadian Horticultural Council
- The Canadian horticulture sector has direct farm cash receipts of more than $7.4
billion of which the fresh produce component (fruits, field and greenhouse vegetables
and potatoes) comprises almost $4.7 billion.
- The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) is a non-profit, membership-based
organization serving the produce trade. DRC provides harmonized standards, procedures
and services to its members to help them avoid commercial disputes.
- Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which are set to be published in
2018, the Dispute Resolution Corporation will be permitted to act as an independent,
third party dispute resolution body and ensure the adherence of fresh fruit and
vegetable buyers to a unified set of trading rules and govern against slow, partial
and/or no pay by buyers with strict penalties for buyer non-payment.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a new five-year, $3 billion investment
by federal-provincial and territorial governments, which will strengthen the agriculture,
agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth
- These investments are made under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program.