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CPMA responds to Federal Budget 2022

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) issued its response to the federal budget for 2022. Budget 2022 includes several commitments that were recommended by CPMA in its pre-budget submissions to the government, such as:

  • short- and long-term initiatives to address labour shortages across our sector, including through a Trusted Employer Model and improved service standards under the Temporary Foreign Worker program,
  • measures to support the transition to more sustainable agricultural practices and build a circular economy,
  • a commitment to the development of a National School Food Policy, and
  • significant investments to support supply chain projects, including through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

“The fresh produce supply chain supports 249,000 jobs in Canada and has shown incredible resilience during the pandemic keeping fresh produce available to Canadians,” said CPMA president Ron Lemaire. “As we navigate the impacts of food inflation, we are pleased to see support from the government to ensure the continued resiliency and future growth of the sector.”

Also within CMA’s response statement: “CPMA is disappointed that the implementation of a financial protection mechanism for produce sellers was again not included in the federal budget. CPMA has consistently reiterated the importance of this tool as an opportunity to address gaps in market stability, financial protection, trade and food security, with no cost to the government. We continue our engagement with the government and are hoping to see support for this issue in the future.”

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