Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 20, 2009 11:12 ET

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science: The Government of Canada Invests in a New Dairy Complex at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Research Centre in Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced today a federal government investment of twelve million dollars to build a new dairy complex at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke.

"The federal government makes sound investments that will help to open up new markets for farmers and create new jobs in the community," said Minister Blackburn. "By modernizing the research facilities in Sherbrooke, the government wants to enhance the success of the dairy sector."

The announcement is in line with the Government of Canada's Modernizing Federal Laboratories program, which will help the Centre to maintain its standing of excellence and meet the high standards of the Canadian dairy industry.

The investment will create approximately 50 jobs. In addition, the continuation of world-class scientific work in Sherbrooke will help to attract new investments, as well as ensure training and hiring of highly qualified personnel.

Planning of the site development, buildings, interior fittings, the choice of materials and equipment and efficient energy use was all done ecologically. The project design respects the growing concerns of citizens regarding architecture and the countryside, health and safety, the environment and considerations such as noise and odours with respect to harmonious co-habitation in a rural setting.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million over the next two years to modernize federal laboratories. This funding, one of several job-creation investments of the Economic Action Plan, will modernize these facilities while stimulating regional economies.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action plan, visit: http://www.actionplan.gc.ca.



BACKGROUNDER

ABOUT THE PROJECT - DAIRY AND SWINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

The funding for the research centre will be used to replace an out-of-date facility with a 6,000m2 dairy research complex to allow effective research in dairy food safety and nutrition at AAFC's only dairy research site. The project could create up to 50 jobs during the construction phase. Over the long term, this investment will allow for research in the dairy sector to support the sector's competitiveness. Out of the $12 million, $3,620,000 will be distributed in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, and the remaining $8,380,000 in 2010-2011.

The Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre is the key AAFC research centre specialized in innovative research primarily for the Canadian dairy and swine industries.

ABOUT THE MODERNIZATION OF FEDERAL LABORATORIES

There are about 200 federal laboratories and scientific facilities in Canada. Activities at these laboratories include research, testing and regulatory services in areas such as health, safety, security, the economy, transportation, environmental protection, heritage and culture.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over the next two years, to address deferred maintenance at federal laboratories.

This accelerated investment program is providing needed funds to support high quality research and will provide economic stimulus in regions across the country. Service providers will be needed to address maintenance issues ranging from replacement of roofs, ventilation systems and boilers, to the updating of electrical systems.

The quality of scientific activities in these laboratories will be enhanced because they will be better suited to modern scientific practice. This improved science and technology capacity will contribute to better health and safety outcomes for Canadians.

Project selection process

Federal departments and agencies were invited to submit proposals to the President of the Treasury Board which were reviewed against criteria set out in Budget 2009, including:

- Projects must be completed by March 31, 2011.

- Projects must addressed maintenance issues in federal laboratories.

- Laboratories must contribute to core federal regulatory responsibilities, advance science and technology capacity and/or contribute to enhance the health and safety of Canadians.

- Projects must provide economic stimulus.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary
    Office: 613-947-7298
    Cell: 613-608-3252