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Canada Supports Agriculture Innovation, Competition

29 July 2013

CANADA - The governments of Canada and British Columbia have renewed a program to support the BC agri-food industry’s efforts to increase its competitiveness and sustainability, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and BC Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm announced last week.

“Innovation helps keep the Canada and BC agri-food industry competitive and profitable,” said Minister Ritz.

“Our government is committed to supporting programs like this to promote the long-term economic success of producers by helping bring new farm products and technologies to market.”

“This program offers BC’s producers and processors opportunities to use technology to improve their operations and earn new dollars,” said Pimm.

“Projects that stimulate sector-wide innovation support our government’s goal of the BC agri-food industry becoming a C$14-billion-dollar-a-year industry by 2017.”

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program is a C$3-million, two-year commitment through the new Growing Forward 2 agreement.

This cost-shared program will allow industry to access funding to support the acceleration of innovation.

The late stage research or pilot projects must lead to commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices. For example, projects that could be considered include the following:

  • Advancements in plant, animal and food science;
  • Energy and waste management;
  • New product development and commercialization;
  • Improvements in soil, water and air quality; and
  • Climate change adaptation.

To be eligible, applicants must be appropriately registered, licensed and/or certified to conduct business in British Columbia. Eligible applicants may include the following:

  • BC agri-food producers and processors;
  • Industry associations and organizations;
  • Retail and foodservice businesses;
  • Input, technology and support service providers;
  • Academic institutions and/or other organizations and private sector businesses; and
  • Regional districts and local governments.

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