March 13, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The grain sector is a key driver of Canada's economic growth, exporting 20.5 million
tonnes of wheat in 2017 and $21 billion in exports sales.
Today, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced an investment
of up to $6.2 million to help the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi)
expand the market for Canadian wheat through technical support, market research,
employee exchanges and customized training for customers and commercial partners
in over 50 countries.
This project, funded through the AgriMarketing Program, under the Canadian Agricultural
Partnership, will enable Cigi to strengthen relations with buyers and prevent future
market access issues, while expanding existing markets and developing new opportunities
around the world.
Today's announcement is part of Minister Bibeau's first agricultural tour. Minister
Bibeau is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participate
in local agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments
and programs and how they will help to build an even stronger and more innovative
sector for Canada.
The tour began on March 11 in Vernon, British Columbia and ends today in Winnipeg,
Manitoba with stops in Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta.
"The Canadian International Grains Institute has been successful in their sustained
efforts to ensure buyers here and abroad have a better knowledge and trust in Canadian
wheat quality. This investment demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed
to supporting the grains sector, improving their competitiveness and fostering continued
economic growth for our middle-class and long-term prosperity for all Canadians."
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"The Government of Canada knows how valuable the Canadian International Grains Institute's
work is for the cereal grains sector. This funding will enable Cigi to reinforce
buyers' confidence in Canadian wheat quality to develop existing and new markets,
spurring job creation and economy expansion for this region." Robert-Falcon Ouellette
and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre
"The Government of Canada has been a key contributor to Cigi's success throughout
its 47-year history. Over the next three years this funding from the Canadian Agricultural
Partnership program will be used by Cigi to maintain confidence in Canadian wheat
quality in international markets, improve customer knowledge of the performance
and functionality of Canadian wheat, and gather and share information on customers'
end-use requirements with the Canadian value chain." JoAnne Buth, CEO, Canadian
International Grains Institute
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal,
provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food
- In 2017, Canada's grain sector exported 20.5 million tonnes of wheat.
- The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is a not for profit organization
established in 1972 to work with the grain and field crop value chain throughout
Canada and internationally to drive the development and increase the use of Canadian
- This funding was made under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriMarketing
Program: National Industry Association (NIA) Component, a five-year, up to $121
M federal initiative that aims to increase and diversify exports to international
markets and seize domestic market opportunities.