Invasive species are a growing threat to Canada's ecosystems and are capable of overtaking and displacing native species. Over 60% of Canada’s invasive plants were intentionally introduced over the last 150 years based on their value for food, medicine, ecosystem services, as well as aesthetics. Although most introduced plants do not disrupt ecosystems, there are a very limited number of invasive plants that are ‘high risk’ and a direct threat to human health and safety, the environment, and the economy, including some invasive horticultural plants.
To address this pathway, we have developed a National Horticultural Action Plan. The overarching goal of this framework is to generate a national conversation and to encourage decisions that reduce the impact and introduction of invasive plants.
Key Goals and Objectives of the National Horticulture Action Plan
- Develop and promote partnerships between national and provincial horticulture/nursery associations, the CCIS and its provincial members.
- Promote branding, information sharing, resource consistency, and standard messaging amongst the provincial horticulture outreach groups.
- Educate gardeners, garden retailers, nurseries, growers, and the landscape industry to understand what invasive plants are, why they’re a problem, and what they can do to prevent their spread; stop buying and selling invasive plants; promote the sale and purchase of non-invasive alterative plants; control or replace invasive plant species; and dispose of unwanted plants/plant material properly.
- Develop a national voluntary code of conduct for nurseries and retailers.
- Recognize the larger national groups participating in the program.
PlantWise Programs Across Canada
The following have active or developing PlantWise programs!