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.
The CHC has an unwavering commitment to advance the growth and economic viability of horticulture by encouraging cooperation and understanding to build national consensus on key issues, so as to deliver unified and clear representation to governments and other national and international parties.
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 the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and to other federal and provincial ministers and departments, as directed by membership.
- 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.