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Biosecurity protects the economy and the environment from the damage caused by plant pests. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has come together with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), provincial governments and sector organizations to develop a biosecurity standard that will protect Canada's greenhouse, nursery and floriculture sectors from plant pests.

The CFIA, AAFC and partners have established the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Biosecurity Advisory Committee (GNFBAC) to develop a farm-level biosecurity standard by fall 2016. This standard will provide clear guidelines for effective biosecurity to producers and growers.

The voluntary greenhouse, nursery and floriculture biosecurity standard will help producers develop biosecurity plans for their farms. It will:

  • Provide guidelines for biosecurity, including prevention and integrated pest management;
  • Promote a consistent approach for managing risks of plant pests;
  • Improve the greenhouse, nursery and floriculture sector's knowledge of the risks associated with plant pests; and
  • Help identify gaps in current biosecurity procedures.

Once developed, the standard can be adopted in its entirety or can supplement existing biosecurity programs.

Biosecurity standards take up to two years to develop through a formalized process and participation from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including industry organizations, federal and provincial governments, and academic institutions. Stakeholders are notified at the beginning of the development process, and committee members will be encouraged to communicate with their respective stakeholders for input. Stakeholders are also notified when development is complete and the standard is available.

Funding to develop this standard has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework.

Learn more about plant biosecurity.

Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Biosecurity Advisory Committee Sector Organizations

  • Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association
  • British Columbia Greenhouse Growers' Association
  • British Columbia Landscaping and Nursery Association
  • British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Canadian Horticulture Council
  • Canadian Nursery Landscape Association
  • Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance
  • Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec
  • Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc.
  • Flowers Canada Growers
  • New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
  • McGill University
  • Nova Scotia Greenhouse Growers Association
  • Olds College
  • Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Prince Edward Island Horticultural Association & Federation of Agriculture
  • Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • Syndicat des Producteurs en Serre du Québec (SPSQ)
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