Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, national association which represents the dynamic and diverse sector of Canadian agriculture known as horticulture. The CHC`s members grow, produce and pack more than 120 fruit and vegetable horticultural crops. The CHC has been committed to promoting the interests of its members since 1922.

Company details

2200 Prince of Wales Drive Suite 102 , Ottawa , Ontario K2E 6Z9 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Horticulture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is an Ottawa-based voluntary, not-for-profit, national association that represents producers from across Canada involved in the production and packing of over 120 fruit and vegetable crops. Members include provincial and national horticultural commodity organizations as well as associated organizations, provincial governments and individual producers.

Since 1922, in collaboration with members, government and elected officials we have advocated to influence policies and programs which will have a positive and long-lasting impact on Canada’s horticultural sector.

Our Vision: An Innovative and Sustainable Canadian Horticulture Industry.

Our Mission: To be the Voice of Canadian Horticulture.

Our Mandate: To build national consensus on issues relevant to our Members in order to influence policies and programs for a sustainable horticultural sector.

Our Value Proposition: To give members a seat at the table where their industry’s future is being decided.

  • Access funding for producers and packers that is only available through the federal government to national industry associations.
  • Ensure appropriate research is provided to the horticultural sector and that policy makers are kept aware of sector priorities and changing needs.
  • Assist commodity sectors when faced with threats to their business.
  • Provide input on foreign trade agreements and ensure a favourable business environment through fair import and export rules.
  • Monitor plant health issues and activities.
  • Facilitate communication and dialogue with value chain stakeholders.
  • Promote equitable risk mitigation programs for all horticultural producers in Canada.
  • Monitor federal employment regulations and continue to support the FARMS and FERMES seasonal worker programs.
  • Work with regional commodity organizations to identify and support specific needs.
  • Coordinate crisis management activities at a national level.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is an Ottawa-based voluntary, not-for-profit, national association that represents producers from across Canada involved in the production and packing of over 120 fruit and vegetable crops. Members include provincial and national horticultural commodity organizations as well as associated organizations, provincial governments and individual producers.

Since 1922, in collaboration with members, government and elected officials we have advocated to influence policies and programs which will have a positive and long-lasting impact on Canada’s horticultural sector.

Committees

Committees are established to address issues and bring focus and consensus to issues of particular importance. Permanent Standing Committees meet during the Annual General Meeting to debate and process policy matters specific to their respective Terms of Reference. A number of these standing committees have established active working groups which interact over the course of the year.

Standing Committees

Commodity Standing Committees

Commodity Standing Committees are established with a number of working groups in place to address and manage issues on a day-to-day basis as required.

 Our Vision:  An Innovative and Sustainable Canadian Horticulture Industry.

The CHC has a clear mandate to be a strong and active presence in the nation’s capital on behalf of the horticultural sector by bringing issues to the attention of Ministers, Member of Parliament and the Senate, and to other federal and provincial ministers and departments as directed by membership.

Our Mission:  To be the Voice of Canadian Horticulture.

Our Mandate:  To build national consensus on issues relevant to Members in order to influence policies and programs for a sustainable horticultural sector.

The CHC is committed to advancing the growth and economic viability of horticulture by encouraging cooperation and understanding to build national consensus on key issues. The CHC delivers a unified and clear representation to governments and other national and international parties and in so doing ensures an  innovative, profitable and sustainable horticultural industry for future generations.

Our Value Proposition:  Membership in the CHC provides a seat at the table where the industry’s future is being decided.

Many crops, similar priorities

CHC works on a variety of issues as brought forward and as directed by members through resolutions tabled at the Annual General Meeting.

Our main priority areas are:

Within these priority areas, CHC works on a variety of issues including: