Ornamentals contribute $14.6 billion to Canada's economy



    MILTON, ON, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - That's one of the findings of a
national study of The impact of ornamental horticulture on Canada's economy
released today in both official languages by the Canadian Ornamental
Horticulture Alliance (COHA). But the best is yet to come. The study's authors
state that "Canada's ornamental horticulture sector has... significant
potential to develop and expand." As Baby boomers retire, they are expected to
increase their spending on gardening to levels between $7.8 billion and $14.4
billion annually between 2011 and 2021. And that's not only good news for
Canada's economy, on account of 110,750 full-time equivalent jobs which the
sector provides now and which are set to grow over the next decade, but it's
great news for Canada's environment.
    Vic Krahn, Chairman of COHA and owner of Lakeshore Tree Farms,
Saskatchewan, explains, "The Canadian ornamental horticultural sector offers
green solutions for individuals, communities and institutions that want to
create better outdoor and indoor environments, contribute to a healthier
planet, improve property values and increase personal health." Krahn noted
that the study documents how ornamental horticulture beautifies landscapes,
fosters sustainable ecosystems, enhances energy conservation, reduces the
carbon footprint, contributes to health, provides employment and creates
wealth for Canadians. Ornamentals are the only products of Canadian
agriculture on which GST and provincial sales taxes are collected,
contributing an estimated $850 million per year to governments' budgets.
    This landmark national study was funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada under the Advancing Agriculture and Agri-Food program. "Without the
support of the program, we could not have completed this ground-breaking
research and documented just how important our sector is now and how it will
grow over the next decade," stated Chris Andrews, senior staff resource for
COHA. Deloitte was the consulting firm chosen through a competitive bidding
process to complete the study.

    More information on the importance of the ornamentals sector to Canada's
economy and its role in improving the environment can be obtained from COHA's
new website at www.coha-acho.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Andrews, Secretary, (416) 817-5547;
French media contact: Luce Daigneault, Administrator, (450) 774-2228

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Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec (FIHOQ)

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CANADIAN ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE ALLIANCE (COHA)

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