April 12, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of the Canadian economy, supplying
1 in 8 jobs, and is a trusted global leader of safe, nutritious, and sustainable
Agricultural discoveries in science and innovation play an integral role in the
overall competitiveness of the agriculture sector and create better opportunities
for farmers, businesses, and Canadians.
Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Minister of
Science, Kirsty Duncan, highlighted the Government of Canada's investments in scientific
agricultural research during a tour of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Ottawa Research and Development Centre.
Budget 2017 proposes to invest $70 million over six years, starting in 2017–18,
to further support agricultural discovery science and innovation. The focus of this
research will be on addressing emerging priorities, such as climate change and soil
and water conservation.
This investment builds on the Budget 2016's $30 million commitment over six years
for advanced research to mitigate biological threats to agriculture.
Minister MacAulay highlighted these combined investments of $100 million, along
with other funds committed in Budget 2017 that will boost innovation in Canada,
and help the agriculture sector be more competitive and sustainable. This includes
setting an ambitious target to grow agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually
by 2025. This is all part of the Government's plan to create good jobs and grow
the middle class.
"Science is the cornerstone of the Government's plan to create good jobs in the
agri-food sector and to grow the middle class. Our commitment to funding cutting-edge
agricultural research will help farmers grow the economy, feed a growing population,
protect the environment and combat climate change." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister
of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"To be successful in the highly competitive global economy, Canada must continue
to strengthen its approach to performing world-leading research and generating new
breakthrough ideas. In this context, the Government has an important role to play
in advancing science, research and innovation, the pillars of strong economies."
- Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
Canada is the world's fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and food products, and
contributes over $100 billion annually to Canada's gross domestic product (GDP).
The agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.2 million Canadians.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, provides leadership in the growth, development
and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
Scientists at AAFC's 20 research centres across the country work on projects that
benefit Canadian farmers, industry and Canadians.