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Green industry booming in Canada


May 5, 2011
By Landscape Ontario

May 5, 2011 – As a business sector, the horticulture industry in Canada, including
nursery growers, landscape contractors and garden centres, touches every
community, enhancing beauty as well as economies.

May 5, 2011 – As a business sector, the horticulture industry in Canada, including
nursery growers, landscape contractors and garden centres, touches every
community, enhancing beauty as well as economies.

Most of these enterprises are small businesses, many family-owned.
Collectively, they contribute over $14-billion annually to Canada's
economy, according to a 2009 independent study by Deloitte & Touche.
This figure represents $6.98-billion in direct output and $7.5-billion
in value-added impacts, based on multipliers generated by Statistics
Canada.

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Many of these companies have fewer than ten employees, yet they are key
job providers. The Deloitte study put Canadian green industry employment
at 110,750 full-time equivalent jobs, plus 22,026 jobs in industries
that supply and support the sector. The industry attracts people who
enjoy working outdoors, and encourages many of those to own their own
businesses.

Ornamental horticulture is the only agricultural crop generating sales taxes at the bottom of the value chain.

While green industry companies are quietly generating economic impact,
the industry achieves impressive marketing and industry-improvement
impact through its provincial trade association, Landscape Ontario. The
2,300-member association is made up of 10 diverse sectors, as well as
suppliers. It co-founded Canada Blooms, a prestige event that has
promoted horticulture to millions. "I can't explain how we get these
results, since our only tools are the same things every industry wants:
outstanding volunteer participation and cooperation," says Landscape
Ontario public relations manager Denis Flanagan.

The industry has a reputation for traditional values, fair dealing, hard
work and respect for nature. At its trade show Congress, held each
January in Toronto, some exhibitors halt set-up on Sunday. Congress
ranks among Canada's largest trade shows.

Statistics from
The impact of ornamental horticulture on Canada's economy
, a 2009 report by Deloitte & Touche.


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