What is it?
The Canadian Nursery Certification Program (CNCP) was implemented in 1998 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), as a pilot program to ensure that nursery shipments from Canada to the United States are pest-free. The CNCP adheres to the principles as outlined by International Organization for Standardization. These standards ensure that certified nurseries will adopt best management practices that exceed the current regulations in order to maintain consistent and reliable export to the United States. Willowbrook joined the CNCP in 1998 and has been exporting to the United States under certification since that time. Involvement in the CNCP program ensures that our facilities are completely free all of quarantine and non-quarantined pests, as well as those that are non-regulated. This also requires that we are in complete compliance with the CFIA and USDA regarding any plant-specific phytosanitary requirements they introduce. There are currently only 4 nurseries across Canada with CNCP certification. Willowbrook has proudly attained Phase I status allowing our facility to generate its own Phytosanitary Certification Labels.