Federal Budget 2024 Misses Key Opportunities, says Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada

Apr 24, 2024

Budget 2024 unfortunately overlooks several significant measures that could have greatly supported the fruit and vegetable sector, such as a carbon tax exemption, financial protection against market volatilities, and the establishment of a Grocery Code of Conduct. Similarly, no funding was allocated for greenhouse agriculture or the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy, both essential for climate adaptation and sustainability.

Nevertheless, Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) is cautiously optimistic about several included initiatives, like the extension of the Advance Payments Program’s interest-free limit to $250,000 and the introduction of the New Canada Carbon Rebate for Small Businesses. The budget also proposes funding for maintaining the pesticides regulatory system and promoting sustainable pesticide use, which underscores the importance of sustainable crop protection practices. FVGC is particularly concerned about the rising costs affecting both growers and consumers. As such, we emphasize the importance of establishing increased collaboration between government and growers to develop effective strategies that address these challenges. Moving forward, FVGC will focus on continuing to advocate for the recommendations that were missed in Budget 2024.

FVGC President Marcus Janzen stated, “We remain steadfast in advocating on behalf of growers for increased support of the fruit and vegetable sector. FVGC is committed to a constructive partnership with the Government that aims to influence future policies effectively.” Janzen added, “Our goal is clear: to ensure all Canadians have access to affordable, high-quality, Canadian-grown produce. Despite the omissions in the current budget, we continue to push for policy changes that will ensure the long-term viability of the fruit and vegetable sector and contribute to food security for all Canadians.”

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