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CPMA responds to Canada’s 2024 federal budget


The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is applauding the support for the Canadian fruit and vegetable sector announced in Canada’s 2024 federal budget.

Among notable additions are a $1-billion national school food program over the next five years and federal funding for the Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund to enhance municipal waste infrastructure. It also includes adjustments to the Advance Payment Program, substantial investments in innovation and AI adoption, and funding for Health Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada to maintain the pesticide regulatory system.

“The fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain contributes nearly $15 billion to Canada’s GDP and supports more than 185,000 jobs in rural and urban communities across the country,” says CPMA president Ron Lemaire. “We also provide Canadian families with safe and nutritious food that is crucial to supporting their health and well-being.”

Despite those announcements, CPMA expressed disappointment in the absence of financial protection mechanisms for produce sellers. Advocated through Bill C-280, the Financial Protection for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Act, it aims to address market stability, financial protection, trade and food security issues without government cost. Despite receiving significant support in the House of Commons, the bill awaits Senate approval.

“Supply chain disruptions and geopolitical and economic volatility have put the produce sector in a more vulnerable position without a financial protection mechanism in place,” adds Lemaire. “We are hopeful that all Senators will support this important legislation and secure its swift passage in the coming weeks.”

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