Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 03, 2015 11:00 ET

Harper Government Strengthens Canada's Position as a Leading Livestock and Food Exporter

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - March 3, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. (PDS) will be better able to meet the needs of its clients in the veterinary, livestock and agri-food sectors thanks to an investment from the Harper Government announced today by Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The funding will support the purchase of new equipment to expand and modernize PDS' diagnostic testing capacity. With the Harper Government's support, clients will receive better access to the expertise they need to help ensure the safety of Canada's domestic and export food supply. The investment builds on Saskatchewan's strength as an exporter and will help to expand market opportunities and create jobs.

The new equipment will result in increased efficiencies for the laboratory, as well as improved turnaround time on test results to veterinarians, grain and livestock producers, food processors, and public agencies across Western Canada. It will also provide PDS with the opportunity to increase the number of clients its serves annually.

Quick Facts

  • The new toxicology equipment will allow PDS to improve feed testing by allowing it to expand its ergot and mycotoxin testing in grain samples. The organization is participating in surveillance studies to help identify areas in Western Canada affected by these toxins.
  • PDS' activities support Canada's agriculture and food products sectors through proactive diagnostic services in support of disease detection, disease surveillance, and food safety monitoring.
  • The funding of $549,278 is delivered through the Western Diversification Program (WDP).

Quotes

"Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. provides an important service to the western Canadian agricultural sector. Thanks to our investment we are strengthening the position of our livestock and food exporters so that they can continue to thrive. Our Government's investment further demonstrates our commitment to creating jobs and economic growth."

  • Brad Trost, Member of Parliament, Saskatoon - Humboldt

"PDS is very pleased with the continuing support received from Western Economic Diversification Canada. This new equipment allows PDS to enhance our services to Western Canadian veterinarians, grain and forage producers, and the food processing industry. We see this as important for our individual clients and as a key component in our broader role as a leading laboratory for animal disease detection and food safety in Western Canada."

  • Marilyn Jonas, CEO Prairie Diagnostic Services

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Contact Information

  • Joanne Mysak
    Manager, Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    306-975-5942
    joanne.mysak@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Marilyn Jonas
    Chief Executive Officer
    Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc.
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    306-966-7316
    marilyn.jonas@pds.usask.ca

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