The high perishability of fresh produce and the industry’s longer payment terms, mean that Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act does not effectively protect fresh produce sellers when buyers go bankrupt.
The lack of an effective financial protection mechanism in Canada also means that Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable growers and sellers are unable to access protection under the U.S. Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act when selling to an American buyer without incurring prohibitive costs.
Bill C-280, the Financial Protection for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Act, would establish a critical support for Canada’s fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Learn more in the resources below.
Contact one of the following associations to learn more about why Canada’s fresh produce industry needs a financial protection mechanism and how you can support Bill C-280.
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Shannon Sommerauer, Director of Government Relations
Media Inquiries: Micken Kokonya, Manager of Communications and Market Research, [email protected]
Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada
Angela Reid, Manager of Policy and Government Relations