Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 09, 2009 09:49 ET

Government of Canada Helps Farmers and the Economy by Investing in Prince Edward Island Research Facilities

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 9, 2009) - The Government of Canada is creating jobs and driving research by delivering $5.4 million for the Crops and Livestock Research Centre. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea today announced the funding that will create 57 construction jobs and expand the research centre's greenhouse facilities.

"Our government is creating jobs by building research facilities that will keep our farmers at the cutting edge," said Minister Ritz. "The new facility will support research into plant breeding and the health benefits of agricultural products that will lead to more profit for farmers and even better products for Canadians."

"This is an important investment in our community," said Minister Shea, who also serves as Regional Minister for P.E.I. and Member of Parliament for Egmont. "The immediate economic benefit will be the jobs created during the construction phase, but the longer term benefits will come from the agricultural research being done at this facility."

At the Harrington field research site, a large greenhouse and a headerhouse (a large, open work area next to the greenhouse) will replace the ageing greenhouses now in Charlottetown. The new facility will enhance the research capabilities of scientists doing work with insect populations, plant breeding, health research on plants, and other groundbreaking work in the bioscience sector.

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 upgrade federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

This investment in the future of the research centre comes during a milestone year. 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the Crops and Livestock Research Centre, 100 years of science in support of agriculture here in P.E.I. and across the country.

For more information about the Crops and Livestock Research Centre, please visit the Science and Innovation section of the AAFC website www.agr.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

Modernizing Federal Laboratories

Project

Crop & Livestock Research Centre (CLRC), Harrington Farm greenhouse facility

http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1180557429228&lang=eng

Department

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Location

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Name and function of facility

The Crop & Livestock Research Centre (CLRC) develops scientific knowledge and new technologies in agriculture to enhance the environment and protect the natural resources of Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada. Some of this research is in the area of bioresources and health for the discovery and development of value-added biobased products and processes from current or new crops, in collaboration with the National Research Council and the University of Prince Edward Island. The research site at the Harrington Farm, north of Charlottetown, accommodates 95 percent of the centre's field research in potatoes, cereals, forages and soil tillage and conservation.

Funding amount

$5.434 million ($594,000 will be allocated in 2009-2010, and $4,840,000 will be allocated in 2010-2011)

Project Description

The funding will be used to replace an out-of-date greenhouse at the Charlottetown site with a new greenhouse facility at the Harrington field research station. The facility will include a 600m2 greenhouse, a headerhouse (a large, open work area next to the greenhouse) and a 20m2 growth room. The greenhouse facility will be used for advanced breeding work, research and development of new crops with improved health benefits for the nutraceutical and functional food markets, trial work on pest management techniques and, in association with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, evaluation of minor use pesticides and strategies for reducing pesticide use and reducing pesticide risk. The project will create up to 57 jobs during the construction phase.

Modernizing 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 address maintenance issues at federal laboratories 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.

In addition, the federal science community will benefit from updated laboratories where health and safety issues have been addressed. 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 Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059