Canada: Federal government to provide greenhouse operators relief from carbon pricing

Canadian flower growers are pleased to learn that the federal carbon pricing backstop will provide relief to greenhouse operators for fuels including natural gas and propane. The inclusion of greenhouse farmers in the previously planned agricultural exemptions from Canada's carbon pricing program ensures that the flower farming sector remains competitive in the global marketplace, while also recognizing the sectors history of technological advancement toward efficiency and sustainability.

Andrew Kuyvenhoven, President of Flowers Canada Growers (FCG), remarked that "FCG appreciates the federal government's announcement to provide greenhouse floriculture operators with significant relief from the federal carbon pricing system on greenhouse fuel. The inclusion of our sector in the exemption will contribute to the equivalence of carbon pricing systems across Canada and cushions its competitive impact. FCG is grateful that the federal government took the needs of our sector of agriculture into consideration and recognizes its importance to Canada."

Canada's greenhouse industry continues to be an innovative and vibrant subsector of Canadian Agriculture. The partial fuel charge relief as presented will position the greenhouse sector to continue their growth and positively contribute to Canada's economy. FCG is grateful to its partners in the federal government including the Honourable Minister Lawrence MacAulay. the Honourable Minister Bill Morneau, the Honourable Minister Catherine McKenna and the personnel at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. the Ministry of Finance, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Further, FCG is grateful for the collaboration of Canada's greenhouse sector including: the Canadian Horticulture Council, the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, and the BC Greenhouse Growers' Association.

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Flowers Canada Growers

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