Save the Date! Fall Harvest Meetings on the Hill

From the Canadian Produce Marketing Association: Join the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), and other growers and industry representatives in Ottawa as we lobby government in support of long-term sustainability for our industry and the health of Canadians. Mark your calendars! What: CPMA and CHC Fall Harvest Meetings on Parliament…Read More

CPMA Update on NAFTA

The first round of NAFTA negotiations will take place from August 16th to 20th in Washington D.C. As Canada, the U.S. and Mexico move toward the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CPMA is actively engaging with industry, partners and governments to make sure the needs of the fresh fruit…Read More

Free Bananas Receive Split Response

Amazon’s Latest Market Disruption Includes 1.7 million Free Bananas! The retail giant has upended the produce market in downtown Seattle after setting up fruit stands around its headquarters and handing out free bananas at its Community Banana Stands. According to Laura Stevens, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, some people (like the ones feasting on…Read More

Ontario Farmers are now Eligible for a 25% Non-Refundable Tax Credit!

Published and Promoted by The Ontario Produce Marketing Association on August 9, 2016. Please help spread the word: Ontario Food Banks are always in need of food products, especially perishable items such as fresh produce. In support of our national mandate to increase produce consumption in Canada by 20% by the year 2020, growers should…Read More

More Helping Hands for Ste. Louise Outreach Centre

Fresh Produce Helping Friends It’s been more than a year since we started a helping hands program with Mike & Mike’s Organics to have a “long lasting” produce order delivered to Ste. Louise Outreach Centre of Peel. We are thrilled to see the program expand thanks to Wesley Jackson Professional Corporation, System Lifeline Inc. and…Read More

CPMA and CHC Applaud Liberal Commitment to Restoring PACA Access for Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Sellers

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applaud the commitment from the Liberal Party of Canada and Liberal Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking yesterday to establishing a comparable Canadian mechanism to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) in the United States and to restoring Canada’s preferential access to PACA programs. “CPMA…Read More

University of Guelph Co-op Programs

On August 7th, The Ontario Produce Marketing Association released a survey to its members to gauge the interest level of a Co-op Program for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program at the University of Guelph. Here is the back story: The University of Guelph has been delivering co-operative education programs for over 30 years. …Read More

The 6th Annual Walk to Fight Arthritis was a Huge Success!

On Sunday June 7th the OPMA participated, for the very first time, in the Walk to Fight Arthritis! Over $465,000 was raised across Ontario. This money will go towards local programs and services for people living with arthritis as well as towards research that takes steps toward finding a cure. The OPMA’s Dee Klemann raised…Read More

OPMA Hires New President to Succeed Ian MacKenzie

With the impending retirement of OPMA President, Ian MacKenzie, at the end of December, the Board established a Selection Committee to find his replacement.  The Committee is pleased to announce that Virginia Zimm, president of Faye Clack Communications Inc. will take over from Ian MacKenzie as president of the OPMA in January 2016. A long-time…Read More

Food Safety Leadership Award

Hosted by NSF-GFTC, the Safe Food Canada Symposium provided insights on the food industry’s regulatory landscape, global supply chains and business ethics. NSF-GFTC’s Food Safety Recognition Awards are designed to highlight success stories in the Canadian food safety landscape such as scientific contribution, public education advancement, and technology or process innovations as they apply to…Read More