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Christmas Tree Prices Go Up

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By Fadi Didi

Canadian Christmas tree farmers are raising prices as much as 10 per cent as a shortage in the U.S.


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You may have to folk over more money to get their real evergreen scent.

Canadian Christmas tree farmers are raising prices as much as 10 per cent as a shortage in the U.S.,  spills over into Canada.

Eastern Canada should have plenty of trees this year, but British Columbia, which has generally imported trees from the U.S., might see some shortages.

The average price of Christmas trees is now running at $39 in B.C., $34 in Alberta, and just $27 in Ontario, according to data from Square Communications.

Tight supply in the U.S. is due to farmers planting fewer trees seven to 10 years ago because at the time oversupply and the Great Recession combined to push down prices.

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Bill 148 is now law in Ontario, and farmers need to know the impact on their operations.

The bill, otherwise known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017, received Royal Assent recently and parts of the legislation became effective immediately.

Minimum wage On Jan. 1st will go to $14 an hour, and will increase to 15 dollars an hour in 2019.

As well, employees will now also be entitled to “equal pay from an employer regardless of a difference in employment status,” according to the Bill.

So, full-time, part-time and temporary workers are all entitled to the same wage rate.


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