June 26, 2018 – Sherbrooke, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada's pork and hog sector is an important driver of the Canadian economy, with
farm cash receipts reaching $4.5 billion in 2017. Research and innovation are vital
to ensuring this sector continues to produce quality products that meet the highest
standards of animal health and welfare, food safety and sustainability.
Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced a federal
investment of up to $12.7 million to Swine Innovation Porc, under the Canadian Agricultural
Partnership's AgriScience Clusters. The Swine Research and Development Cluster investment
is the first of a series of AgriScience Clusters to be announced under the Canadian
Agricultural Partnership launched in April 2018.
AgriScience Clusters are intended to mobilize partnerships among industry, government
and academia to address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national
in scope in the agriculture sector.
Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation committed to facilitating research
in the Canadian swine sector, will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to
the Swine Research and Development Cluster for a total value of up to $18.5 million.
These investments will be used to: examine new ways of feeding piglets that could
help provide immunity from diseases; determine best methods for the classification
of pork based on quality attributes to provide more choice for Canadian consumers;
and, examine long-distance transport effects on the health and welfare of early
This research will build on two previous Swine Clusters, which included projects
focussing on animal nutrition research, and animal health and welfare research.
Today's announcement is part of Minister MacAulay's ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture'
tour, where he will meet with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well
as participate in rural agricultural events across the country, to hear ideas on
how to capture new growth opportunities for the sector.
"Pork farmers rely on research and innovation to implement new practices and tools
that help them improve their sustainability, while remaining competitive. Today's
investment will ensure Canada's pork industry continues to sustainably produce high-quality
products at home, and remain a top exporter in the world, which is good for our
economy and for creating good, well-paying jobs for Canadians across the country."
- Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay
"This investment in research and development is excellent news for the Canadian
swine sector. Science and innovation are the keys to the long-term success of Canadian
producers and the industry at large. We are confident that the outcomes from this
research program will drive sustainable growth and strengthen the competitivity
of the Canadian pork industry. We want to express our thanks to Minister MacAulay
for this timely and significant investment that gives Swine Innovation Porc the
opportunity to even better serve the whole pork value chain." - Stewart Cressman,
Chair, Swine Innovation Porc
- Canada is the 9th largest pork producer in the world, representing approximately
2 percent of global production. In 2016, Canada exported approximately 70 percent
of overall Canadian hog production, with a value of $3.8 billion.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal,
provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food
sector. The Partnership builds on Growing Forward 2, the previous five-year agreement
that ended on March 31, 2018.
- The Partnership includes programs and activities to enhance the competitiveness
of the sector through research, science and innovation. Through the AgriScience
Program, a five-year, up to up to $338 million initiative, the government is supporting
leading edge discovery and applied science, and innovation driven by industry research