Vineland Station, Ontario — The Government of Canada is investing $2.5 million in the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to support the development of innovative horticultural technologies. The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), accompanied by Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, made the announcement today.
"Our government's top priority remains creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians," said Minister Nicholson. “This investment will help Canada’s horticulture industry become more competitive, and open new markets to businesses participating in this project.”
“Our government is proud to support Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in its work to develop innovative technologies that will increase profitability for growers,” said MP Allison. “This investment supports the agricultural sector, and horticulture in particular, which is an important driver of Canada’s economic growth.
This contribution is provided through FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will work with local businesses to develop and commercialize two promising horticultural innovations: a robotic automation system for use in greenhouses and nurseries and a frost protection system for use in vineyards, orchards and fields. In addition to supporting economic growth and diversification in the region, this investment will help horticultural operators in Canada and abroad reduce the costs associated with labour and spoilage.
“With investment from FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative, Vineland has brought together partners in technology and automation from non-agricultural sectors to address labour efficiency issues, one of horticulture’s largest challenges. This is innovation working at its best - new partners and proven ideas to address some of the unique planting and harvesting challenges that are common to our industry,” said Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
The investment announced today supports the Government of Canada’s science, technology, and innovation agenda, which is focused on increasing the country’s productivity, creating jobs, and growing the economy.
Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative, and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.