Canadian Produce Industry Updates

Recent CPMA Advocacy Efforts

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CPMA has continued its efforts to advocate for our industry’s needs and priorities with government and elected officials, including the need for improved employment incentive programs, supports for businesses purchasing Personal Protective Equipment, flexibility in food labelling requirements, and the implementation of a financial protection tool for produce sellers.

As part of these efforts, CPMA President Ron Lemaire has appeared at a number of House of Commons Standing Committees.

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Watch/read Ron’s testimonial statements below:

CPMA has also submitted briefs to the Standing Committee on Finance, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, in order to better inform Parliamentarians about the impact of COVID-19 on our industry and the challenges we face as we transition through economic recovery.

For more information about CPMA’s advocacy efforts, contact Shannon Sommerauer, Director of Government Relations, at <Source: CPMA Newsletter May 29>

Industry Input Needed – CPMA Requests Compliance Extension for Lot Codes on Consumer Prepacks

The challenges surrounding the inclusion of lot codes on consumer prepackaged product continues as an area of focus and concern for industry and recent events resulting from the pandemic have highlighted the challenges for industry to achieve compliance by the January 2021 date. After receiving member concerns, CPMA made the decision to ask for an extension to the implementation date, given both the financial pressures on industry and the challenges for some to secure new packaging from offshore suppliers who have either stopped production or are not shipping to external markets. We are currently waiting for a decision from CFIA and have been asked by them for the following information:

  • CFIA would like to understand what is causing the ongoing challenges and what proportion of the fresh produce industry are experiencing these challenges.
  • CFIA would also like to know the proportion of CPMA members who are currently in compliance; those who needed to take advantage of the extended January 2021 timeline; and how many of members are now compliant with new packaging material.

CPMA is working with our volunteer leadership in an attempt to provide inputs to these questions but, if your organization is concerned about the deadline due to unforeseen pandemic impacts, please send your comments related to the CFIA request above to Jane Proctor, V.P. Policy and Issue Management, at

As a reminder, if you need more information on how the regulations may impact your business, please reference our Traceability Guidance Document for Industry Compliance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which includes frequently asked questions, examples, and different case scenarios. <Source: CPMA – Produce Industry COVID-19 Updates – June 4, 2020>

Preparing for CUSMA Implementation

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) will come into force on July 1, 2020. To help our members prepare for the implementation of CUSMA, CPMA has created a template Certification of Origin Form for your use in obtaining preferential tariff treatment under the Agreement. [CPMA Members will find the form under CUSMA Resources, once logged in.]

The Government of Canada has confirmed that only one certifier, either the producer, exporter or an importer, needs to certify the origin of goods. We highly recommend that industry use the template CUSMA form to avoid any confusion at the border, as forms used under the previous NAFTA agreement may no longer be accepted.

You can find more information about the implementation of CUSMA at the following links:

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  • CUSMA Rules of Origin (Chapter 4)
  • CUSMA Origin Procedures (Chapter 5)
  • CUSMA – Certifying the origin of goods

CPMA continues to monitor the CUSMA implementation process and will share updates and important information with our members.

If you have any questions about CUSMA or other border issues, please contact Shannon Sommerauer, Director of Government Relations at <Source: CPMA – Preparing for CUSMA Implementation – June 10, 2020>