The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said it applauds Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the Government for the Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic Statement makes significant investments which will bolster the fresh fruit and vegetable industry and increase the industry’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, CPMA said.
“Today’s Fall Economic Statement is a thoughtful response to many of the competitiveness challenges the fresh produce industry faces. We thank the Government for the important investments in regulatory reform and international trade diversification announced by Minister Morneau,” said CPMA President Ron Lemaire. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Government on increasing our industry’s competitiveness and will work to advance the recommendations outlined in our pre-Budget 2019 submission.”
In particular, CPMA welcomes the launch of the new Export Diversification Strategy, additional funding for agri-food market access issues, the creation of an Expert Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness, and the introduction of the Accelerated Investment Incentive. CPMA said it will continue to monitor future announcements related to the Fall Economic Statement.