Advocacy

CPMA provides a forum for both industry members and government to dialogue on a wide range of issues and initiatives which may affect the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, including trade facilitation and standardization. CPMA places a strong emphasis on federal and provincial government advocacy on behalf of its members, and the produce industry at large, to ensure that there will be no unnecessarily complicated or restrictive regulations that impede the ability of members to market and sell fresh produce in Canada.

Fall Harvest 2017 – Meetings on the Hill
Jointly organized by CPMA and the Canadian Horticultural Council, Fall Harvest is the produce industry’s opportunity to have its voice heard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Join your industry colleagues and participate in Fall Harvest 2017 on November 6 to 8.

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CPMA Policy Statements
On behalf of its members, CPMA focuses on key policies to achieve solutions that ensure a robust and profitable industry.

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Visit with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry
Whether it be in your riding, region or travels to other areas of the country, we’d like to help connect Members of Parliament for a visit to one of our local members.

Do you know how that apple you ate this morning reached your plate? Canada’s $11.8 billion produce industry is diverse and complex. Below are just few examples of possible visits, but let us know what interests you and we can let you know what is available in your area.

  • From apples to zucchinis, Canadian growers produce over 120 varieties of fruits and vegetables. Visit one of their farms.
  • Interested in innovation? See science and innovation at work in produce by visiting an industry leader.
  • The route from farm-gate to dinner plate is rarely a straight line – packers, wholesalers, distributors, fresh cut operators, retail and food service play a critical role. See one of them in action.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, the Place des producteurs at the Marché central de Montréal, or other similar facilities, to see how fruits and vegetables from local producers and beyond reach stores and restaurants in your neighbourhood.

For help in arranging a visit or for more information on the produce industry in your area, please contact Troy Sherman at tsherman@cpma.ca or 613-226-4187 x227.


CPMA hosts a successful event with federal MPs and Chef Michael Smith
Over 200 participants, over 40 MPs including Ministers, and one very tall chef gathered at the Chateau Laurier on Tuesday, February 23rd to introduce CPMA to new and returning Members of Parliament and discuss the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in Canada. The event culminated a day of advocacy on Parliament Hill that included meetings with key elected federal officials, MP statements in the House of Commons about both CPMA and the importance of fresh produce consumption and a “photo op” for MPs with our Half Your Plate celebrity chef.

Chef Michael Smith, the Half Your Plate Ambassador, began the evening event with a demo featuring MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and MP Bruce Stanton, Deputy Speaker of the House, where they created their own custom soups. MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ Famous Sweet Potato & Rosemary Soup and MP Bruce Stanton’s Famous Green Pea & Thyme Soup. The evening concluded with a demo with the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Chef Michael’s very own MP. He created a custom red pepper soup and was thrilled to participate. There was lots of beautiful produce on display that MPs and their staff could take home to fill half their plates!

View event photos and the event press release.

The evening event was made possible through the generous contributions from our sponsors:
Global Citrus Group, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Oppy, Star Group, Vineland Growers' Co-operative Ltd., Wawona Packing Company


Produce Industry Asks Parties Where They Stand
During the 2015 Canadian Federal Election, CPMA reached out to the main federal political parties asking their position on key issues for the entire produce supply chain including increasing produce consumption for the health of Canadians, payment protection for produce sellers, food safety modernization, labour and temporary foreign workers, research and innovation, and a North American perimeter approach. The CPMA questionnaire can be viewed here. Links to the responses received can be found below.

Liberal Party of Canada

NDP

Conservative Party of Canada – no response received

Thank you to our advocacy sponsors: Global Citrus Group, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Oppy, Star Group, Vineland Growers' Co-operative Ltd., Wawona Packing Company