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February 2021

Recent news

Reminder: CHC Annual General Meeting 2021, Registration for the Happy Hour Virtual Social Event

Please accept this friendly reminder to register for the 2021 virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).
 
Registration provides you access to all AGM Zoom meetings, including Working Group Open meetings. Zoom links will be sent to AGM participants shortly via email.
 
When registering, if you are the Voting Representative for your organization (one per CHC Member organization) please remember to check the Voting box as you will be sent voting details via email directly!  Contact Bev Appleby at admin@hortcouncil.ca if you require assistance with voting representation.
 
Registration for the Happy Hour Virtual Social Event is now open! This event will take place March 9, at 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Register here.
 
We look forward to having a chance mix and mingle with you!
 
We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a further call for nominations for the following awards:

  • The Doug Connery Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Honorary Life Member Award

Project Learning Tree Canada 

Have you hired a young newcomer to Canada (aged 15-30) since May 1, 2020? Project Learning Tree Canada can provide retroactive funding to cover their wages. Contact Octavio.Lara@forests.org for more info.

PMRA Program Renewal Team - 2020 What Was Heard Report

Over the course of 2020, the Program Renewal team engaged stakeholders representing 141 associations and organizations through 24 sessions held across Canada and virtually. Through these discussions, PMRA sought feedback from stakeholders on the Integrated Approach.

The attached 2020 What Was Heard Report aims to reflect and summarize the ideas, comments and feedback that were raised during the dialogue with stakeholders. These sessions afforded stakeholders with opportunity for meaningful input into government activities. The PMRA benefited from these opportunities to actively listen and engage with stakeholders across Canada, noting their feedback on the proposed Integrated Approach.

PMRA will continue to gather information and develop recommendations en route to renewing the pesticide regulatory program for strengthened health and environmental protection supported by the right data at right time, as well as increased efficiency for government and regulated community.

Nature Nurtured – new public awareness campaign about gene editing

CropLife Canada, in cooperation with the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Canada Grains Council and its members, has launched Nature Nurtured – a campaign to raise awareness and understanding about the benefits of gene edited crops. Gene editing is an exciting innovation that can help drive growth in the agriculture industry, be a tool in the fight against climate change and help meet the changing needs of consumers.

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Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) AgriHR Toolkit 

Through the Canadian Horticultural Council’s partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council our members have free access to the AgriHR Toolkit. This resource is designed to address the unique needs of the agriculture industry. Based on years of research and field testing conducted in Canada and internationally, this toolkit offers everything you need to improve your people-management skills and develop key resources to help you find, retain, and support your employees. All you need to access the AgriHR Toolkit is to set up an account, using the Coupon Code: HORTtoolkit.

COVID-19 Information Centre

We are continuing to work with commodity and regional representatives, as well as with other agriculture industry organizations, to reduce the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on our sector. Visit CHC's COVID-19 Information Centre webpage for the latest information, updates, and links to helpful resources for growers and industry representatives.

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