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Green Industry News SPRING 2020 VOL 29 ISSUE 1

What’s inside: • Health and Safety Is your company compliant?


• HortProtect News • Green Cities Foundation Project launching this summer! • Garden Centres Canada Summit 2020 • The Canadian Landscape Standard Second edition will launch this Spring

Board of Directors From Left to Right: Scott Wentworth, Susan Ellis, Alan White, Bill Hardy (Treasurer), Paul Brydges (Chair), Bob Lewis, Darlene Kalawsky, John Lohuis (Vice Chair) and Rene Thiebaud.


he Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is pleased to announce that an agreement to acquire Communities in Bloom (CiB) has been reached. The governance and ownership of the CiB Program is now under the umbrella of the CNLA. This strategic alliance will deliver an orderly succession of directors and staff sustain the integrity of the CiB Program and will provide exciting new opportunities for the future. CiB and CNLA share many of the same values that promote the greening of cities and foster environmental economic and lifestyle benefits to Canadians.

The new Board of Directors is comprised of five Directors from CNLA and four Directors from the former CiB Board. Bob Lewis Susan Ellis Darlene Kalawsky and John Lohuis (Vice Chair) are the former CiB Directors on the new Board. The CNLA members on the Board are Paul Brydges (Chair) Bill Hardy (Treasurer) Rene Thiebaud Alan White and Scott Wentworth. The CIB board will take this opportunity to review the program and develop new strategies while maintaining the important relationships with communities provincial organizations existing sponsors and other partners. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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President Past President First Vice President Second Vice President Treasurer & Communications Chair

Phil Paxton, CLT, CLM - AB Bruce Hunter, CLT, CLD, CLM - BC Gerald Boot, CLM - ON Anthony O’Neill - NL Bill Hardy, CLM - BC


BCLNA Representative Michael Kato - BC Landscape AB Representative Jeff Oudyk - AB Landscape SK Representative Aaron Krahn - SK MBNLA Representative Guy Dowhy, RSE, CLT, CLM - MB Landscape ON Representative Paul Brydges, CLD - ON Landscape NS Representative Robin Godfrey - NS & Garden Centres Canada Chair Landscape NB/PEI Representative Kevin Nauss, CLM - NB Landscape NL Representative Peggy Head - NL Human Resources Chair Harold Deenen, CLM - ON Climate Change Adaptation Chair Alan White - ON Landscape Canada Chair Leslie Cornell, RSE - SK Research Chair Vic Krahn, CLT - SK Government Relations Chair Michael Murray - NL Professional Development Chair Jeff Foley, CLT, CLM - BC Growers Canada Chair Anita Heuver - AB Insurance & Member Service Chair Rene Thiebaud, CLM - ON BC Landscape & Nursery Association 19951 Fraser Highway Langley BC V3A 4E2 bclna.com 604-575-3500 Landscape Alberta 18051 107 Avenue NW Edmonton AB T5S 1K3 landscape-alberta.com 1-800-378-3198 Landscape Saskatchewan snla.ca 1-800-378-3198 Manitoba Nursery & Landscape Association PO Box 1755 Winnipeg MB R3C 2Z9 mbnla.com 204-661-6397 Landscape Ontario 7856 Fifth Line S. Milton ON L9T 2X8 horttrades.com 1-800-265-5656 Landscape Newfoundland & Labrador PO Box 8062 St. John's NL A1B 3M9 landscapenl.com 709-700-2165 Landscape New Brunswick & PEI PO Box 742 Saint John NB E2L 4B3 landscapenb-pei.ca 1-866-752-6862 Landscape Nova Scotia PO Box 28 Stn Main Dartmouth NS B2Y 3Y2 landscapenovascotia.ca 902-800-4321


Industry News We look forward to sharing more as the program rolls out over the upcoming year. “As Chair of CiB I hope to further develop a strategic alliance between CNLA and CiB. To help municipalities and private individuals create and enhance greenspace of all sizes and further educate the public on the value of protecting our environment.” Current Chair Paul Brydges "We are confident that CNLA will provide a strong support base for the future, and we look forward to working with CNLA to take Communities in Bloom to new horizons. As we have done in the past, we will continue to assist greening communities, while also showcasing and celebrating their achievements as well as civic pride throughout Canada and internationally.” Past Chair Bob Lewis “On behalf of all those involved in the Communities in Bloom program, over the past 25 years, let me thank CNLA for its commitment to the sustainability of the program. The support of the dedicated volunteers, elected officials and municipal staff throughout the country in making our communities a better place to live in, to work in, to visit - and to face our environmental challenges.” Founding President & Ambassador Raymond Carriere

About Communities In Bloom Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities. Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, communities involved in the Communities in Bloom program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

For more information visit communitiesinbloom.ca

Communities in Bloom Symposium & Awards We are proud to announce that this year the symposium and awards will be taking place in Fort McMurray Alberta. This event is a must attend as everyone in the community there is thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event including the Mayor Don Scott. "As Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2020 National and International Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards in Fort McMurray, Alberta. We are excited to welcome you as we host Northern Blooms from September 23-26 2020. Located in northeastern Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse municipalities. Extending over 66,000 km2 this dynamic region is home to 10 distinct communities, each offering unique opportunities to enjoy our natural surroundings that showcase the diversity and cultural heritage of our people. During your stay in Fort McMurray I hope you’ll take time to explore our vibrant region and experience everything our community has to offer. With world-class sport and entertainment facilities incredible people more than 130 km of trails spectacular outdoor activities, adventures and of course stunning displays of northern lights, Wood Buffalo is a fantastic place to visit—and an even better place to call home. Come join us in 2020! We look forward to welcoming you. All the best, Don Scott, Mayor Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


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The CNLA welcomes new staff

Sonia Parrino Program Coordinator, CiB

Dave Mazur Communications Specialist, CNLA

Sonia is the Program Coordinator for Communities in Bloom (CiB) and has been with the organization since 2011. In essence, her duties are to coordinate the evaluations by the judges and the participation of the communities in the National Edition and International Challenge. Sonia coordinates all the travel arrangements within Canada and abroad of the volunteer judges, works on projects as well as contests with the sponsors and partners in addition to providing information and guidance to communities while also obtaining information from them, maintains and updates all program documents.

Dave brings a broad range of marketing and communications experience, primarily in the Retail and Non-Profit sectors. He has an accomplished background in Creative Direction, Marketing Management, eCommerce and Social Media, having studied at the Art Institute of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

She also networks with the provincial organizations on matters pertaining to the National Edition. Sonia also helps to coordinate the Symposium & Awards Ceremonies which are held in a different Canadian city every year. Sonia is thrilled to be a new member of the CNLA team and looks forward to learning new skills and welcomes new opportunities. Sonia is a working mother of three who loves to travel, cook and entertain for her friends and family! She is fully trilingual in English, French and Italian both speaking and writing.

Sonia can be reached at bloom@cib-cef.com

Dave comes to us from a non-profit Fairtrade social enterprise, where he served as marketing team lead in retail operations and public relations. Initiatives driven by Dave there included total-retail marketing, donor outreach, artisan advocacy, community based fundraising, social-media engagement, and a detailed brand refresh for both the digital and “brick & mortar” spaces. Dave will join Andrew in the ever-expanding mission of the communications committee, seeking to develop plans and strategies that will elevate the association’s messaging across all channels. With the mantra that “less-ismore”, Dave seeks to break down projects into their core elements and present them in a clean, highly polished, and engaging form. Super-excited to join the team he is very much looking forward to the challenges ahead. Dave can be reached at dave@cnla-acpp.ca



Executive Director Victor Santacruz, CAE, CLM victor@cnla-acpp.ca Deputy Executive Director Rebecca Doutre, CAE rebecca@cnla-acpp.ca Executive Assistant & Cheryl Gall Office Manager cheryl@cnla-acpp.ca Growers Manager Jamie Aalbers jamie@cnla-acpp.ca Landscape & Anne Kadwell Retail Sector Specialist anne@cnla-acpp.ca Industry Human Resources Leslie Sison & Government Relations leslie@cnla-acpp.ca Communications Dave Mazur dave@cnla-acpp.ca Andrew Dmytrasz andrew@cnla-acpp.ca Member Services, COPF Teagan Giddings & Special Projects teagan@cnla-acpp.ca Member Services COPF Megan Farias Administration megan@cnla-acpp.ca Professional Development Edith Oyosoro edith@cnla-acpp.ca Lauryn Mullan lauryn@cnla-acpp.ca Environmental Policy Coordinator Frydda Sandoval Frydda@cnla-acpp.ca COPF Coordinator Sandy Trickey sandy@copf.org Minor Use/IPM Coordinator Peter Isaacson B.Sc. MPM peter@cnla-acpp.ca Communities in Bloom Sonia Parrino bloom@cib-cef.com

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Upcoming Events

Industry News The Climate Change Adaptation Committee

NORTH AMERICA March 13-22 Canada Blooms: Toronto ON canadablooms.com May 9 Garden Expo: Spokane WA tieg.org May 28-29 Grey to Green Conference: Toronto ON greytogreenconference.org June 9-11: International Floriculture Expo: Miami FL floriexpo.com June 23-27 2020 Western Region Conference: Bellingham WA wna.ipps.org

INTERNATIONAL March 25-29 Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens: Melbourne Victoria melbflowershow.com.au April 8-9 Royal FloraHolland Spring Fair: Aalsmeer The Netherlands royalfloraholland.com April 8-10 Flower Expo Ukraine: Kyiv Ukraine flowerexpo-ukraine.com May 11-13 Flower Expo China: Guangzhou China flowerexpochina.com June 8-10 GreenTech Amsterdam: Amsterdam The Netherlands royalfloraholland.com


The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association recognizes the vital role we play in the management of the effects of an adverse climate. The very nature of our industry puts us in a unique position to help adapt to the change. From the primary producers and growers, to the garden centres that sell and educate, to the landscapers and designers of green spaces; as a whole our services and practices are creating solutions by the very work that we do every day. The Climate Change Adaptation Committee was created to respond to the changing environment and the challenges facing the industry. It's a committee of chairs with the mandate to bring clarity, focus and connectivity between the products, services and practices of our members and the defining issue of our time "Climate Change".

Insurance Professional Development

Growers Canada

Member Services Garden Centres Canada

Human Resources Climate Change Adaptation Committee

Government Relations


Landscape Canada Research

Our green industry contributes to regulating the climate for towns and cities. It provides economic, ecological, social and health benefits by reducing energy costs, managing stormwater, creating cleaner air and improving population physical health, mental health and well-being, significant for the liveability of communities. Consequently, the Climate Change Adaptation Committee's task is to develop strategies to promote the value of our members' products and services as part of climate change adaptation solutions. Discover more at cnla-acpp.ca. Alan White is the committee's chair and the liaison between CNLA Board of Directors and the Green Cities Foundation Board of Directors.


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#GreenMyCity: Breaking New Ground

The CNLA and the Green Cities Foundation are asking any members who would like to help out with the project – through sponsorship material donations and volunteer support to please contact Rebecca Doutre rebecca@cnla-acpp.ca. For more information on the Green Cities Foundation or to nominate a project in your community visit: gcfoundation.ca

“We hope that by building projects like this across Canada we will help educate the public and our politicians on the value of green spaces and the impacts to the community that they can provide." - Alan White Vice-Chair of the Green Cities Foundation

The Green Cities Foundation is a community connecting plants and people for a greener healthier urban climate. This summer we plan to build our first #GreenMyCity project in the “code red” area of downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Our main focus will be at St. Matthew’s House along with a number of parks in the neighbourhood. St. Matthews House includes a childcare centre for children from birth to four years old – the majority of the kids in the program are there through subsidies provided to low-income families. It also includes an older adults program with access to financial supports with two daily meals, mental health support; as well as street outreach program and a Christmas “adopt-a-family” program.

Above: Volunteers and Staff from St. Matthew's House and the Green Cities Foundation meet to the discuss project.

Below: A section of the landscape design plans provided by Paul Brydges of Brydges Landscape Architecture.

A landscape design plan has been created by Brydges Landscape Architecture which will revitalize a derelict part of the city by remediating a brownfield that has sat idle for more than 50 years, building a renovated daycare play area and furnishing a green gathering space for the community, in a deeply urbanized environment. We will be working together with residents of Hamilton to organize community garden cleanups, tree planting and turf maintenance in the surrounding park areas during our St. Matthew’s House project. Alan White Vice-Chair of the Green Cities Foundation has been instrumental in leading this project alongside Paul Brydges and Peter Guinane of Oriole Landscaping.



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Growing Future Cities: Sustainable, Equitable and Accessible

There are three pillars to sustainability: environmental, social and economic. To be truly sustainable, it is not possible to achieve one without the others. This year, Grey to Green, Toronto’s annual green infrastructure conference, taking place from May 28-29, will explore urban resilience in the face of climate change via green infrastructure strategies under the theme Growing Future Cities: Sustainable, Equitable and Accessible. Trees, parks, gardens, and wetlands all provide important ecosystem services that support human health. Recently, as urban areas are becoming hotter (the urban heat island effect), increasingly flood-prone (very little impermeable surfaces) and have less and less nature (high-land values). Green infrastructure is a movement to re-nature our cities using natural systems incorporated into our built environment. This can be done through rooftop parks and gardens, living walls and by protecting trees and parks. Nature and natural systems are resilient: soil is porous and absorbs rainwater, trees provide shade, leaves and plants help maintain constant temperatures through evapotranspiration, urban gardens provide food and habitat for pollinators. Studies also show that access to nature improves human health by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones, it essentially calms us and makes us happier. But over time, our cities have essentially become devoid of nature, especially in low-income areas, and as a result,


human health is suffering while our cities become increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events. Adapting to climate change impacts, improving population health and economic growth can all be achieved through living green infrastructure. Incenting and requiring green roofs, parks, urban forests, rooftop farms, vertical forests and rain gardens in our urban spaces increases resiliency and strengthens community cohesion. As extreme weather events such as flooding, heatwaves, and storms increase in frequency, a city’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations often experience these impacts much more drastically. Grey to Green 2020 will bring together the industry’s leading thought leaders green infrastructure in design, research, and policy to look at the future of our cities. How can our growing cities utilize green infrastructure to effectively achieve sustainability, equity and accessibility? In the face of climate change, we need to plan for resilience along with human health and well being. The event will challenge attendees to be creative and think outside the box. With a focus on green infrastructure design and policy, attendees will gain a well-rounded perspective on the current status of green infrastructure in North America. Interactive expert sessions and workshops will focus on collaboration between presenters and attendees with ample time for networking. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, draw, brainstorm and get involved in the discussion. This year’s agenda features over 40 expert speakers who will share their knowledge during lectures, participate in round table discussions and collaborate on innovative ideas. New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to design infrastructure projects from the ground up. In addition, Grey to Green offers local guided tours of green infrastructure projects and training courses.


Grey to Green will not only highlight the leading innovators of today but shape the leaders of tomorrow. It is multidisciplinary, system thinkers who will solve our pressing urban challenges. If you are a sustainability professional, recent graduate, or student, Grey to Green is the place to connect with like minded people who inspire your next project and help advance your career. Are you up for the Growing Future Cities challenge? For more information on Grey to Green visit greytogreenconference.org Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is an industry association for green roof and wall professionals. For more news, resources and events visit greenroofs.org Find Green Roofs for Healthy Cities on social media: Twitter: @GRHCna Facebook: GreenRoofsForHealthyCities Instagram: @grhcna Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/grhc

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HortProtect News Parachute In a continuing effort to add quality services and products to the CNLA HortProtect Group Insurance Program, the CNLA Insurance Committee has approved the launch of Parachute. Parachute is a simplistic and easy way for employee members to buy Optional Life Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance. The process of applying and purchasing these products is completed online or mobile, and with a credit card payment. This protects privacy and avoids payments running through payroll deductions. Parachute gives employees the option to purchase insurance products beyond the standard benefits offered by the group benefits program, and this is without the need to answer any medical questions— guarantee issue up to certain maximums! In five simple steps, employees can choose the coverage options that fit them and their family’s needs. Parachute coverage is also portable, meaning employees can take it with them if they move or change jobs. Watch for further communications about this program over the next few weeks. Parachute will be available to HortProtect insured employees effective: March 1st 2020.

Member Services have contribution room that will be calculated based upon your 2020 year, is to make the deposit by year-end. This will be an overcontribution until 2021, and then it becomes an allowable tax-deductible amount in 2021, because RRSP allowable limits are based upon the prior tax year.

Out-of-Country Travel Many of us travel to the sunny south during the winter. Depending upon which province you live in, you may or may not have any emergency medical coverage in the event of a health situation while out of the country. Even if your provincial plan has coverage, it is insufficient for the potential bills that can arise. A HortProtect insured had a $123,000 medical invoice for emergency treatment three years ago in the United States. It is important to check with your group insurance health plan (if available), and with private plans that you may purchase, to see what their “pre-existing coverage” rules are. For example, a “90 day pre-existing clause” means that if any new health event or change in an existing health situation occurs within 90 days of the departure date, then this condition will not be covered. Also, be wary of feeling secure with credit card coverage. Sometimes this is underwritten after the claim—i.e. there are no questions to answer before the trip but if a claim results from a pre-existing condition it is not covered. Always be sure you are not travelling to a country/location that is on Canada’s

‘travel advisories list’ as travel plans can exclude coverage when this is the case. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us at: info@hortprotect.com

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RRSP Season Remember the deadline to contribute to an RRSP for a 2019 tax deduction is March 2. Now is the time one should also contribute for 2020. In that way you receive the benefit of tax-sheltered growth a year earlier than waiting until the deadline. If you contribute $1,000 in January for the current year instead of a year later, the plan will have $2,200 more in it in 20 years (at a 6% return). If you are married, naming your spouse as beneficiary of your RRSP eliminates any probate costs and is a tax-free transfer to your spouse’s RRSP. If you are turning age 71 in 2020, your RRSPs need to be converted into a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) or Life Annuity by year-end. A strategy for 71-year olds, who 1-888-446-3499


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Industry Human Resources ESDC Labour Forum Meetings This annual Labour Forum meeting held by Commissioner of Employers Judith Andrew of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) took place on January 27, 2020. In attendance were 26 associations with 44 representatives, new Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, and various government officials. The CNLA was well represented by CNLA’s HR Vice Chair Jeff Foley, LO staff person Sally Harvey, and CNLA staff person Leslie Sison to ensure the voice of our industry was heard at a government level. The full day meeting addressed such topics as Employment Insurance, the upcoming Canadian Training Benefit, improvements to the NOC system, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the economic impacts of foreign workers. The new Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough was present for a portion of the meeting and two minutes were allowed by each industry to voice to the Minister their message, concerns and suggested enhancements that could be beneficial. The new Minister’s Mandate commitments are: ● Implementation of the Canada Training Benefit. ● Extension of EI sickness benefits from 15 weeks to 26 weeks. ● Creation of an EI adoptive parents’ benefit. ● Making EI maternity and parental benefits tax-free. ●Enhancement to the Canada Child Benefit

and integration with EI maternity and parental benefits to help those parents that do not qualify for EI benefits. ● Creation of a new EI career insurance benefit. ● Consultations on the creation of an EI disaster assistance benefit. ● Extension of the pilot project for seasonal claimants in targeted regions and the development of a permanent program. ● Strengthen local labour market data, so that EI can better reflect local labour market realities. While there is a strong focus to tackle each of these commitments, there are Implementation considerations: ● Takes into account capacity to advance policy development as well as the delivery infrastructure. ● Parliamentary context may impact timing. ● Changes need to be appropriately sequenced and prioritized. ● Sufficient time required for systems develoment and testing. ● Budget 2020 is a major milestone in setting priorities. It was interesting to note,



that among all 26 associations present, every one of them mentioned lack of labour as their number one issue and requested more help in the area of the Foreign Worker Program. Unfortunately, we are not alone in this area of frustration. With the lowest unemployment rate in 40 years, an increase in automation and an aging workforce; respective industries are suffering with a lack of labour, and a perceived lack of interest in the existing Canadian workforce. CNLA caught the ear of the Director General overseeing the TFWP and we hope to engage him further in discussions regarding our NOC codes, and how we can further assist our industry in finding solutions to our labour needs. Another interesting conversation was around the upcoming Canada Training Benefit. Information on this new program was sent out in our Summer 2019 Newsbrief. (issuu.com/ cnla/docs/summer_newsbrief_2019web) The proposed Benefit came about as part of Budget 2019 and is a 3-part system designed to help employers provide training for their staff. This was set to be released in 2019 but has been held back for further considerations. When the program was first featured last Summer, there was some concern as employers had not been involved in consultations. Judith Andrew held an emergency conference call to discuss implications and was able to relay those

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concerns to the Government. A few concerns that employers had were: ● No mention of a “minimum days of notice” for employers to provide, when leaving for training. ● No restrictions on the type of training allowed. (Should it be industry specific?) ● No restrictions on how many staff can takeleave at any time. ● No restrictions on staff leaving for training during peak seasons. Many of these concerns were relayed at the Labour Forum meeting and will be taken into consideration when finalizing the benefit. More information on the Canadian Training Benefit can be found on budget.gc.ca

Supporting Women in the Trades (SWiT) Taskforce Back in November of 2018, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) held their inaugural conference in Halifax NS, which exceeded expectations. So many in the trades wanted to take part in this event, that the registration numbers had to be increased. Even then, there were people wanting to be let into the conference. There was great conversation, and so much was learned from the open discussion. It was such a popular event that it was decided to run another conference on the other side of the country.

Are you aware of the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program? The purpose of the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Program is to provide supplemental payments to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits during a period when the employee is not actively working due to: ● Temporary stoppage of work ● Training ● Illness, injury or quarantine The SUB plan must include a complete description of benefits, identify employees covered (but not by name), be registered with the government and must meet certain conditions. Example of identifying who will be covered include:

CNLA representatives Jeff Foley, Sally Harvey and Leslie Sison along with 26 Associations (44 representatives,) and new Minister Qualtrough, and various government officials.

Health & Safety: Is your company compliant? As of December 14, 2019, the Ministry of Labour has released updated rules for Health and Safety Committees, with a compliance deadline of January 31, 2020. As an example of one of the changes to reduce administrative burden for employers, the new rules raise the employee count for requiring a Health and Safety Committee. However, you are still required to have a Health and Safety Representative. Both have distinct rules and responsibilities. While overall most of the requirements for Workplace Health and Safety are consistent across Canada, there are some Provincial differences. For a better breakdown on the regulations where you are, please feel free to consult the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety website ccohs.ca or your local provincial government site.

That second conference was held in the summer of 2019 in British Columbia. The information gathered at these two conferences indicated a strong need for change, sooner rather than later and CAF decided to put together a Supporting Women in the Trades (SWiT) Taskforce. CNLA staff lead Leslie Sison sits on this committee, ensuring our profession is represented. This taskforce is committed to shining the light on the need for greater acceptance of women in the trades; beginning at the marketing of the trades to women, female friendly classes, fostering female role models, and greater acceptance of women in the field. This Taskforce was created in August of 2019 and has already gained media attention across Canada in trade magazines and conventional media. An example of this is an article posted on CBC News August 30th, 2019, titled: “Why this group says we need to talk to more women and girls about going into the trades” The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum plans to present the SWiT draft at their national conference in May 2020.


● All employees, hourly employees, employees at specific locations, or by job description; accountant, administrator….etc. The SUB plan is intended for temporary coverage of work and not to be used in relation to job termination, shut down or as a bridge to retirement. EI benefits paid for temporary lay-off are regular benefits and are paid to claimants who are available for, able to and looking for work. Claimants must continue to meet all EI requirements even though they are on temporary stoppage of work. The benefit of this plan to employees is that it increases their weekly earnings when they are temporarily unemployed. Payments from this registered plan are not deducted from the employee’s EI benefits. (Payments from a registered SUB plan are not considered an insurable earning; therefore, EI premiums are not deducted.) For more detail on this plan as well as instructions on the form and examples, please visit canada.ca and search for the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program.


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Garden Centres Canada Garden Centres Canada Summit 2020

Summit 2020 is taking form! The speaker series is near completion and garden centre locations for the tour are beginning to sprout. Garden Centres Canada is excited and proud to have Corey Bordine, industry expert and Gallup Certified Coach, join us for a memorable keynote at our 2020 Summit. His talk will encourage you to dig into your business with his '7 ways to effectively GROE your business'. Corey is MonkeyBar Management's Chief Challenge Office. Prior to MonkeyBar Management, Corey worked for Coca-Cola for six years where he met and exceeded all of his goals in sales and marketing. Following that, he went to work for his family’s garden center and growing operation business, Bordine’s (MI), for more than 15 years as one of the third-generation owners. We are thrilled to have Corey as part of our program as he is a dynamic and engaging speaker who believes in the value of community, integrity and business results. He is guaranteed to motivate, elevate and inspire you and your team to materially move your business forward.

working with the products that you have. She works with layout and merchandising, these being the two key facets of retailing; in synergy they maximise your profitability. Understanding and managing your customer flow effectively will increase the number of hot spots within your store. Professional merchandising grabs your customers’ attention and persuades them to purchase.

Greenland Garden Centre

Take a tour! Get on the bus with us! We will be visiting Greenland Garden Centre. Greenland Garden Centre is a family business that was built in 1991, located in Sherwood Park, AB. Over the years, Greenland has grown to be a premier destination for gardening products, greenhouse plants, home décor, and so much more. Starting with 17 employees the first year, the payroll now includes up to 170 people in the busiest spring months.

Canadian Retailer of the Year and Canada’s Best Garden Centre. It is here in this lovely nursery that we will wrap up the tour with a wonderful dinner hosted at Branches restaurant found nestled within Greenland.

Deb Sirman Deb Sirman is a seasoned independent garden centre owner. We are fortunate to also have her speak on day two at our speakers’ series. Deb will be letting us in on her secret to success “Give them a Reason to Come!” There are so many factors that are essential in running a successful Garden Centre, but there are also many obstacles that are unique to our industry. With over 40 years of Garden Centre experience, Deb Sirman believes that success just doesn’t happen, you have to work towards it every day. She will share many practical ideas and effective ways to attract new customers and keep them coming back.

Making the most of what you've got - Eve Tigwell Eve comes to us from the UK and will be discussing how to be creative and innovative by

Wayne and Tim Chichak, along with their sister Deb Sirman and her husband Rod, joined forces when creating Greenland. They each brought along extensive knowledge in different areas of Garden Centre operation. All held cohesively strong values including excellence in customer experience, attention to detail, and were always looking for new ways to attract customers. These values have proven to be key factors in their continued success. Greenland has received many awards over the years, including


• Welcoming evening reception • July 5th • Dinner at Greenland Garden Centre • July 6th • Keynote Speaker: Corey Bordine • July 7th • Merchandizer expert: Eve Tigwell • July 7th • Bus Tour, Speakers, more info to come! • $450 / Member Want to hold a seat? Register today by contacting Anne Kadwell anne@cnla-acpp.ca


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Spring 2020

Professional Development Recently Awarded Landscape Industry Certifications Technician - Hardscape Installation William Lloyd, CLHT AB Technician - Ornamental Maintenance Anita Dowdle, CLHT ON

Program Launched!



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Designations as of February 14th, 2020

Landscape Horticulture Certification Program was successfully launched this January. The new program is guaranteed to deliver technical certifications to ensure Red Seal occupational standards for landscape horticulture are upheld nation-wide.


CNLA and partner provincial nursery and landscape associations are working to seamlessly introduce the new program across the country. Certified people from the previous program will be awarded the equivalent designations, appropriate documentation and proof of certification will be issued under the new program.




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A live pilot of the web-based testing platform is currently underway and will inform guidelines for the resumption of hands-on practical testing for the technician exams this spring. Written tests continue to be delivered for the manager, technician and designer designations. Candidates who wish to find out more about written exams may contact the professional development team at: certification@cnla-acpp.ca or 905 875 1399 ext 8620.

Recertification Reminder!

Certifications will lapse if they are not renewed one year past the due date. To reinstate a lapsed certification, members are required to register and pass the written exam components of their designation. For more information on recertifiction or to find out if you are due to recertify, please contact the CNLA Professional Development team at certification@cnla-acpp.ca or 905-875-1399 ext. 8620

Accredited Landscape Horticulture Company Under the new Landscape Horticulture Certification Program, the Accredited Landscape Horticulture Company designation is awarded to companies who prove commitment to excellence through their dedication to landscape horticulture certification and promotion of superior standards in business practices. Previously accredited companies have been awarded the new designation, certificates and relevant documentation will be soon be issued. Three years in, the first set of Canadian accredited landscape horticulture companies will become due to recertify this year-end. Guidelines are being established to ensure recertifying companies have maintained the commitment to excellence required to keep their prestigious designation. For more information contact the professional development team at: certification@cnla-acpp.ca or 905 875 1399 ext 8650.

If you have not yet updated your certification status, you have until June 30th 2020 to submit recertification documents to the CNLA office to ensure your transition to the Landscape Horticulture Certification Program.

Candidates with an up-to-date certification will be awarded equivalent designations. Appropriate documentation and proof of certification will be issued under the new program. Participate in activities for earning continuing education units (CEUs) and record a minimum of 24 CEUs in the recertification form (cnla.ca/training/recertification). Members earn CEUs for industry-related education and service. Details of activities that qualify for CEUs are listed on the form. Renewals are valid for a two-year period. 1-888-446-3499


CNLA Newsbrief

Spring 2020

Bretziella fagacearum, or Oak Wilt Disease Oak wilt is caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum, (previously known as Ceratocystis fagacearum) which develops in the outer sapwood of the tree. The infected tree reacts by developing tyloses and gums which subsequently restrict the flow of water and nutrients in affected vascular tissues with the result that the tree wilts and subsequently dies. In the US, oak wilt has been detected in 23 states including the border states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania. It has not been detected in Canada to date, but the disease is widespread less than 600m from Windsor, Ontario on Belle Isle in Michigan.

Oak Wilt disease on an oak tree. Photo credit: Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

All species and varieties of oak tested have been found to be susceptible to oak wilt, although species in the red oak group are more seriously affected. Quercus species in the red oak group are usually killed within one year of becoming infected, whereas white oaks frequently recover from infection or take many years to die. Above ground, sap beetles are the important group of vectors in the northern reaches of the fungus’ range. These beetles transmit the fungus when they fly from the sporulating mats produced by B. fagacearum to fresh wounds on healthy trees. Avoid pruning oak trees between April and July when these beetles are active.


Growers Canada Underground, root grafts between diseased and healthy trees promote the spread of the fungus through the interconnected vascular tissues.

Oak Wilt disease symptoms on leaves. Photo credit D.W. French, University of Minnesota, Bugwood.org

At the current time, CFIA has phytosanitary import requirements for logs with bark attached, bark, pulpwood and other timber products to prevent the entry of Oak Wilt Disease from the Continental United States (D-99-03). Plants for planting, including nursery stock, in vitro plants and branches and wreaths are exempted from these regulations. Research has shown that oak wilt will kill a young tree very quickly and that the young tree does not have enough reserve water or carbohydrates to support fruiting bodies of the fungus. Therefore, infected young plants are not a risk for disease dispersal.

Western Nursery Growers Group Tree Trials Phase 2 on its way

Members of the Western Nursery Growers Group (WNGG) include nursery growers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. From 2008 to 2016, this group conducted trials at nursery farms in western Canada to explore the viability of the many new and unused cultivars of shade trees that had been developed in recent years. From customer feedback and their own experiences, WNGG members recognized that there was a great need to diversify the current palate of viable trees for the coldest zones of Western Canada. These trials were very successful in identifying cultivars of shade trees that could be recommended for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta conditions, as cnla-acpp.ca

Cities and towns in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have few choices for broad headed shade trees due to severe climate. American Elms dominate most core neighbourhoods.

well as identifying ones that should not be used. The full results of this trial can be found at prairietrees.ca. As a result of this success, the WNGG will be starting a second trial, with new tree selections in the spring of 2020. Six nurseries will donate trees and land for the trials. Climate factors alone make it difficult to come up with good trees in this region. Combine these climate factors with pests and disease factors and the problem expands. Currently, four major pest and disease factors compound the need for more diversity in tree species in the prairies – Emerald Ash Borer, Dutch Elm Disease, European Elm Scale and Bronze Leaf Disease. These threaten the viability of Fraxinus, Ulmus and Populus species of trees that thrive in the prairie environment and make up very significant percentages of the urban canopies in prairie cities. If these trees, especially ash and elm, meet the same fate as they have in other parts of the country, the prairies will be left with very few options for tree plantings. Keep an eye on the Prairie Trees website as the trials progress for more information on which cultivars are being included in the trials. Thanks to Brett Mattson from Mattson Tree Farm and the many partners who persisted in getting this second trial underway.

CNLA Newsbrief

Spring 2020

Landscape Canada

Prepared for Spring?

Spring approaches and the thaw begins... With the thaw comes runoff; rivers appear where they should not and turf bubbles up where it should not. How do we as industry deal with runoff, and water management? Are you as a contractor providing the best solutions to your customer and a cost-effective green infrastructure which will factor in product life cycle, and contribution to the environment? It is clear that on-site stormwater management methods are viable strategies that add to the sustainability of our built environment. The planning and expertise from a variety of professions working together are essential to achieve success with these stormwater management methods - each site has its own characteristics that can be developed into cost effective and sustainable landscape solutions. The CNLA’s “Life Cycle Analysis of Natural On-site Stormwater Management Methods” is a free publication available to members – Green Infrastructure has proven worth the investment. For the full report and a summary handout for your clients go to the CNLA website and find it under "Learn".

Are you ready for the training?

With Spring comes the opportunity to start new, try something new or add something new. Now is the time to get organized, make training and continuing education a priority for every team member old and new.

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your employees how to work safely and effectively. CNLA’s On-Site sessions have been designed to provide the framework for short, basic training sessions to develop an informed well-rounded employee. Be the change. Be the future. Set the Standard. Make it Happen. This is a membership benefit available to you through the online CNLA membership portal.

It is the landscape horticulture industry’s time as we position as key product and service providers in a world dealing with the real effects of climate change. Natural assets and built green assets together provide the support necessary for sustaining the quality of air, water and soil in urban cities, suburban neighbourhoods and rural communities. The Canadian Landscape Standard provides needed tools and resources to guide you, the owner, the designer, the contractor or the maintenance contractor in your effort to create sustainable, resilient and performing landscapes. Please use this collective effort - your national Canadian Landscape Standard, to make a difference! Christene LeVatte BBA CLHD, CLHM LEED Green Associate Chair, Canadian Landscape Standard CSLA CNLA Joint Committee

The Canadian Landscape Standard Second Edition 2020 will launch soon!

You as a member have the tools at your fingertips through Landscape Onsites “On the job training sessions” which are available in the CNLA Membership portal under Training.

A significant and impressive national effort has been made to ensure the continued improvement and expansion of the Second Edition 2020, making it as relevant and current a tool as possible for the user. Since it’s inception as the BC Landscape Standard 1st edition, this Standard has always been intended to be a ‘living document’ that must evolve and expand in much the same way as the landscape horticulture industry itself. As a result of this foundational principle, this Standard continues to reflect the very best of our industry and the products and service we have to offer.

As a supervisor or owner you have an obligation to communicate to each of

The publication of the 2020 Second Edition of the Canadian Landscape Standard marks

Why? Having a trained team ensures safe work performance, efficient effective work ethic and sets a professional standard.

both the end of a process and the beginning of a new chapter in the evolution of the Canadian Landscape Standard. With the introduction of the 3-year subscription, subscribers can expect to receive additions, amendments or revisions over the course of their subscription.



CNLA Newsbrief

Spring 2020

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Spring Newsbrief 2020  

News relevant to the Canadian ornamental horticulture sector from the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

Spring Newsbrief 2020  

News relevant to the Canadian ornamental horticulture sector from the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

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