British Columbia Sun

Canadians facing a Christmas tree scarcity this vacation period

Key points: 

  • Canadians who hope to celebrate the vacations with a flawlessly plucked Christmas tree this year may require to make several comprises. 
  • As the amount of supply against the requirements. 

Christmas tree shortage in Canada: 

Canadians will have to sacrifice their wish to have a Christmas tree at home as the supplies have failed to meet the demands. 

“We can’t plant trees fast enough,” Shirley Brennan, executive director of the Canadian Christmas Trees Association, told the press on Thursday. “From seed to harvest, that can take anywhere between 10 and 12 years.” Source – ctv.ca

During the 2008 downturn, several tree farmers decided not to grow their operations, according to Brennan, and since then the cost of the field has escalated, which has a limited chance for increased growth. 

The jump in requirement seems to have come from several of various avenues. 

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“We see urban sprawl everywhere and people are now getting new homes and want to start new traditions,” Brennan said. “We’re also seeing new Canadians that just want to embrace some of the traditions in Canada.” 

Christmas tree farmers have gone through an alike condition the previous year, which was probably aggravated by the coronavirus outbreak, Brennan states, as the families living at their houses instead of visiting their loved ones. It’s a scenario that might play out against this season. 

But requirements are not the only issue. Mother nature has not been kind, either. 

“In 2018, there was a severe frost in Nova Scotia that it was in the middle of June, and it damaged not only seedlings but mature trees,” Brennan said. “We saw the same type of frost weather in 2021 in Quebec.

“We’ve also seen the extreme heat in the West. This year was really bad in B.C.” British Columbia is in the midst of one of its worst years on record in terms of wildfires.

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