IN THIS ISSUE
Save the Date for Spring Workshop: March 14, 2018 Emerald Ash Borer Found in Winnipeg
Housing Requirement Changes for TFWP 2017 Green Industry Show & Conference Wrap-Up
Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Technician Exam: Feb 23 & 24
Landscape Saskatchewan News Winter 2018
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Happy New Year 2018! I hope you had a fulﬁlling ﬁnish to 2017 and are ready to make 2018 your strongest year yet!
Watch your inboxes! Landscape Canada’s Committee is developing an industry survey to provide you with tools to help keep your business competitive and proﬁtable. Please participate so we can show Canada how many participants we have in Saskatchewan. Remember: “what you put in equals what you get out!”
In January 2018, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be hosting another workshop to develop an item bank of questions that will be used to create the Red Seal endorsement exams for Canada’s Landscape Horticulturist trade. I will be attending the workshop and representing Saskatchewan as the Subject Matter Expert during this process.
I have been on the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Trade Board since 2009, and I will continue to have Saskatchewan’s best interest at heart. If you would like more information about Saskatchewan’s Landscape Horticulturist trade, visit http://saskapprenticeship.ca/quick-links/designated-trades/landscape-horticulturist/
Landscape Saskatchewan continues to grow in networking and continuing education. The 2017 GISC networking Meet & Greet in Calgary was loads of fun, and I am looking forward to the next GISC in Edmonton 2018.
Landscape Saskatchewan AGM will be hosted by Saskatoon in March 2018. Watch for the dates and line up of events!
Leslie Cornell President, Landscape Saskatchewan
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 9 - 11, 2018 Landscape Ontario Congress, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, ON www.locongress.com
February 23 & 24, 2018 Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Technician Exam, Olds College, Olds, AB www.cnla.ca March 9 - 18, 2018 Canada Blooms, Enercare Centre, Toronto, ON www.canadablooms.com
Board of Directors:
Leslie Cornell Cornell Design & Landscaping Ltd. President Robin Adair Arbour Crest Tree Service Ltd. Director Lane Bullied Gardens By Design Inc. Director
Philip Rispens Rispens Landscaping Ltd. Director
Aaron Krahn Lakeshore Tree Farms Ltd. CNLA Representative Director - Vacant
Director - Vacant
If you are interested in joining Landscape Saskatchewan’s Board, please email Joel Beatson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Support: Joel Beatson, CAE, CLM Executive Director
Marnie Main Member Services Director
Carmen Johnson Communications Coordinator Cheryl Teo Bookkeeper
Landscape Saskatchewan c/o Landscape Alberta 18051 107 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5S 1K3 Tel: 780-489-1991 Toll Free: 1-800-378-3198 Fax: 780-444-2152 email@example.com www.snla.ca
On the Cover: 2016 Landscape Award of Merit Winner, G&S Landscape & Excavation Services, Tobin Residence
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Save the Date Landscape Saskatchewan Spring Workshop March 14, 2018 Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon See insert for event details and to register or visit www.snla.ca
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Winnipeg The City of Winnipeg recently announced the positive ﬁnd of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within their municipality. Experience shows that, once found, the pest is impossible to eradicate. Given the large percentage of ash trees that comprise the urban forests of Saskatchewan/Alberta this is of serious concern. More information from Winnipeg can be found at: http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/parksOpenSpace/UrbanForestry/EmeraldAsh.stm.
Landscape Saskatchewan is working with concerned stakeholders to formulate a provincial strategy for EAB control.
Housing Requirement Changes for TFWP Starting December 1, 2017, the LMIA requirements for housing inspections are changing for programs like SAWP, Ag-Stream, and Low Wage-Low Skill TFW programs. For applications received starting immediately, an up-to-date housing inspection must now accompany the LMIA. Up-to-date means within the last 8 months. The housing report must include a note that clearly states zero deﬁciencies; ask the inspector to add this to the ﬁrst page or cover letter. More information on the changes can be found in this summary provided by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC): https://cahrc-ccrha.ca/sites/default/ﬁles/StakeholderBrief-InterimChangestoHousingforPrimaryAgriculture%5B1%5D.pdf
drawn to conference workshops and tradeshow. The Conference kicked oﬀ Wednesday, November 15 with the Landscape Alberta Nursery Producers Annual Auction held at the Sheraton Eau Claire. The auction was a huge success, helping raise money for horticultural research in Alberta and providing a great venue for networking.
Conference session highlights included landscape pest show-and-tell sessions with Dr. Ken Fry and landscape design sessions with Joe Salemi. Bob Reeves spoke on the power of soil; Barbara Crowhurst had two sessions for garden centre professionals, which included driving traﬃc to stores and increasing retail sales; and so many more informative and engaging sessions. Over 150 high-quality exhibitors met just over 2,000 attendees over the course of two days (despite a wintery welcome from Mother Nature.)
The Landscape Saskatchewan Board again hosted a Meet and Greet with members and non-members from Saskatchewan at Fionn McCools on Thursday, November 16. It was well attended and presented great networking opportunities with industry colleagues.
Planning is already under way for the 2018 Green Industry Show & Conference, which will be held in Edmonton at the Edmonton Expo Centre on November 15 and 16, 2018.
You can view photos from this year’s show online at https://ﬂic.kr/s/aHsma2oDtv
2017 Green Industry Show & Conference Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Technician Exam Landscape Alberta’s 2017 Green Industry Show & The Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Technician Conference packed the BMO Centre in Calgary on designation provides those in the green industry with November 16 & 17. Nearly 2,000 participants were
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LANDSCAPE SASKATCHEWAN a means of proving a minimum standard of expertise in typical industry tasks. Landscape Alberta provides Certiﬁed Technician exam opportunities in four specialty designations: Softscape Installation, Hardscape Installation, Turf Maintenance, and Ornamental Maintenance.
When: February 23 & 24, 2018 Written exam: Friday February 23 (evening) Hands-on tests: Saturday February 24 (7am-4pm) Where: Olds College - Landscape Pavilion, Olds, AB
The fall/winter season is the perfect time to brush up on your skills and challenge the CLM designation. The designation lets clients know that you are certiﬁed in the most recent industry standards and can prove your knowledge, skill, and professional competence.
Learn more about the CLM designation at: www.landscapeindustrycertiﬁedmanager.ca
The Canadian Landscape Standard: Do you have your copy yet? Why is it so important for industry and government to use the Canadian Landscape Standard?
Participants must register in advance. Test participation materials are provided on sign-up, so start the process now and be prepared for this upcoming exam. Register • The Canadian Landscape Standard is a single today by visiting: https://cnla.ca/uploads/pdf/Techni- authoritative resource that is applicable to all regions cian-Registration-Form-2017.pdf in Canada. • The Canadian Landscape Standard documents New Herbicide for Nursery Growers for 2018 Season acceptable practices for landscape goods and services Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and applies to the areas of administration, planning, (PMRA) recently granted full registration for the sale design and review. and use of the pre-emergent herbicide Specticle Flo • These Standards set guidelines and makes recom(PCP#32803) and Specticle G (PCP#32804), containing mendations for all major aspects of the landscape the technical grade active ingredient indaziﬂam (group industry. 29 herbicide), to control or suppress annual grasses and • The Canadian Landscape Standard streamlines the landscape speciﬁcation writing process by referencing broadleaf weeds in ﬁeld grown and container one nationally recognized industry standard. ornamentals. • Referencing the Canadian Landscape Standard in This ornamental label lists control of 59 important project speciﬁcations can result in better qualiﬁed bids. broadleaf and grassy weeds in nursery crops and over • The Canadian Landscape Standard is a centralized 160 tolerant ornamental crops. Many thanks to the and comprehensive mechanism from which to eﬀect PMRA for approval of this important active ingredient public procurement policy, legislation, by-laws and regulations. and Bayer CropScience Inc. for bringing this vital • The newly revised Canadian Nursery Stock Standard technology to the Canadian marketplace! Ninth Edition 2017 is now included as Appendix G of Look for pesticide labels in the PMRA’s pesticide label the Canadian Landscape Standard. search engine (http://pr-rp.hc-sc.gc.ca/ls-re/indexeng.php). Feel free to contact Peter Isaacson for more The Canadian Landscape Standard references product and services across our landscape horticulture value information: firstname.lastname@example.org. chain. It is a must-have industry resource, playing a key industry role in climate change adaptation and Consider Taking the Next Step in Becoming a resiliency by setting the standards for well designed, Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Manager built and maintained landscapes and green The Landscape Industry Certiﬁed Manager (CLM) infrastructure. designation is earned through self-study, giving candidate ﬂexibility to challenge the exams at their own pace and convenience. In order to earn your CLM, can- Order your copy: www.csla-aapc.ca/standard didates must prove competence in seven key areas by completing a multiple choice exam after each module.
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LANDSCAPE SASKATCHEWAN Temporary Foreign Work Program Review Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is undertaking a review of the Primary Agriculture Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. To support this review, ESDC is conducting a national call-out to gather existing research on primary agriculture.
On September 19, 2016, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) released a report following a review of the TFW Program. The HUMA report oﬀered several recommendations for improving the Program, many of which could impact the Primary Agriculture Stream. Read the full release: http://bit.ly/2AmNEtP
Government Announces Increase to EI Premium Rate and Maximum Insurable Earnings The government has announced the 2018 increase to the employment insurance premium rate, as well as the maximum insurable earnings. For 2018, the employment insurance rate will increase for both employees and employers. For employees, the employment insurance premium rate will rise from $1.63 to $1.66 per $100 of insurable earnings, an increase of $0.03. The employer rate will go up by $0.042 per $100, increasing the current rate of $2.282 to $2.324 per $100. Maximum insurable earnings for 2018 will also increase from $51,300 to $51,700.
New Staﬀ at Landscape Alberta/Saskatchewan Starting in January, Landscape Alberta will be welcoming new staﬀ. Carmen Johnson will be assuming the role of Communications Coordinator for the duration of Kyla Hardon’s maternity leave. Carmen joins us after most recently working in a similar role at the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. We welcome Carmen to the association while wishing Kyla the best with the new addition to her family.
Beneﬁts for Members Across the Country
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Greenius: Members receive 5% savings on published rates for training modules. Special pricing is available for garden centre training videos (5% discount does not apply.)
Dynascape: Members receive a 10% discount oﬀ new or upgrade license purchases and online training.
FCA Dodge/Jeep/Ram: Save thousands on NEW Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. A $200 administration fee* per vehicle must be paid by the member to CNLA before the membership conﬁrmation letter will be sent. Note: FCA Canada Inc. has agreed to pay $100 of this amount on behalf of CNLA members for the remainder of the 2018 model year, ending September 30, 2018.
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