Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 20, 2014 11:29 ET

Harper Government Helps Boost Competiveness of Canadian Horticulture

Working to improve the long-term economic viability of Canada's horticultural sector

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was at the 2014 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls today to announce a significant investment by the Harper Government to support a new research cluster led by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC).

This $7 million investment, being made under the AgriInnovation Program, will support industry experts, scientists and academics conducting research focused on reducing crop input costs while improving marketable yield and margins for apple and potato growers.

CHC is also receiving over $450,000 via the AgriMarketing Program for two additional projects that will benefit the apple and potato industries. One project will help promote Canada's high-quality apple varieties at international trade shows and increase export potential in new and emerging world markets. The second project will allow the CHC to work on issues affecting market access for potato farmers and to increase global awareness of Canadian potatoes.

Quick Facts

  • In 2013, the Canadian horticulture industry sold $1.7 billion worth of produce.
  • Under the new Canada-European Union trade agreement, the Canadian horticultural industry will have tariff-free access to 500 million consumers from the United Kingdom to Poland.
  • Under the five-year Growing Forward 2 framework, AAFC's AgriInnovation Program is an up to $698-million initiative, and the AgriMarketing Program is a $341-million initiative.
  • The CHC is a non-profit national organization which represents Canada's dynamic and diverse horticultural industry.


"Our government remains focused on the economy and on creating opportunities for Canadian farmers and businesses to grow and prosper. A strong partnership between government, industry and academia will help ensure continued innovation and commercialization within Canada's vibrant and diverse horticulture sector."

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Canada's horticulture sector is a significant contributor to our communities, the Canadian economy and the health and wellness of Canadians. The Agri-Science Cluster 2 for Horticulture builds on the successes of Cluster 1 and further enhances a culture of innovation for Canada's horticulture industry, which ultimately benefits all Canadians."

  • Keith Kuhl, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council

Additional Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriInnovation Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Comprehensive Economic Trade and Agreement (Canada's Economic Action Plan)

Canadian Horticultural Council

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz