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New FVGC videos detail impact of carbon taxes on greenhouse growers

The videos from the Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada were shot in British Columbia and Québec.

April 1, 2024  By Greenhouse Canada

Photo Credit: Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada

The Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) has released two videos designed to highlight the critical challenges faced by Canadian greenhouse growers in light of the new carbon tax increase.

This tax rose from $65 per ton to $80 per ton on April 1, 2024, imposing nearly $29 million in carbon costs on the industry this year, even after an 80 per cent exemption.

The videos feature personal stories from individuals with a deep involvement in the greenhouse industry: Linda, who was a greenhouse tomato and pepper grower in British Columbia for thirty years, and Daniel, a greenhouse grower and fervent advocate for Quebec’s agricultural community. Their stories detail the 23 per cent increase in the carbon tax burden within a single year, delineating the profound and swift financial challenges confronting growers across Canada.


This initiative aims to illustrate the broader implications of escalating costs, which ripple out to affect food prices, consumer affordability, and national food security. “The narratives underscore the urgency for accessible sustainable energy technologies and highlight the competitive disadvantages Canadian growers face on a global stage, especially against U.S. counterparts exempt from such financial burdens,” FVGC officials said. “A recent RBC report has underscored Canada’s shortfall in climate funding for agriculture, revealing that the U.S. and the EU allocate 1.7 per cent and 1.8 per cent of farm gate receipts, respectively, for climate funding, compared to Canada’s mere 0.5 per cent.”

“In light of these pressing issues, FVGC calls upon Members of Parliament to heed the critical messages shared through these videos, and advocates for the passage of Bill C-234 as originally written, rejecting any amendments that will dilute its effectiveness,” the officials continued. “This bill represents a lifeline for ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of Canada’s greenhouse sector amidst rising operational costs.”

“In the face of these unprecedented challenges, our growers are standing at a crossroads, where the decisions made today will shape the future of Canadian agriculture,” said FVGC president Marcus Janzen. “The stories of Linda and Daniel are not isolated instances but a reflection of the widespread impact of the carbon tax on our industry. We call on Parliament to act swiftly and decisively by passing Bill C-234 in its original form. Doing so is not just about alleviating the financial pressures on our growers; it’s about securing the future of food security in Canada and taking a definitive step towards a sustainable agricultural sector. We cannot afford delay or compromise—our farmers, our consumers, and our country deserve immediate action.”

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