Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 15, 2015 13:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Greenhouse Operators in Abbotsford, B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - Public Works and Government Services Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, is pleased to announce that Public Works and Government Services Canada has awarded a contract, valued at $480,812, to NovaBioRubber Green Technologies Inc. This contract is awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).

NovaBioRubber, a Canadian-owned company, develops sustainable technologies to manufacture products such as natural rubber, latex and inulin. The company is partnered with 10 Abbotsford greenhouses in which rubber-bearing plants such as Russian dandelions and Scorzonera tau-saghyz are grown. NovaBioRubber is becoming a major player in Canada's future as a producer of environmentally friendly rubber. The cutting-edge extraction process from rubber-bearing plants is ecological, efficient and cost-effective. As NovaBioRubber continues to improve its technology, it is expected that these innovations will deliver additional opportunities for Abbotsford farmers to produce environmentally-sustainable products.

The BCIP helps Canadian businesses get their world-leading goods and services from the lab to the marketplace, creating jobs and prosperity for hard-working Canadians and their families. This program is just one of the many tools the Government of Canada has available to support small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The BCIP was created in 2012 to help kick-start businesses and move their cutting-edge products and services from the lab to the marketplace.
  • Products can be eligible for contracts up to $500,000 under the program's standard component, and up to $1 million under the military component.
  • As of May 15, 2015, over 100 contracts have been awarded under the BCIP, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.

Quotes

"Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians-jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. The Build in Canada Innovation Program is kick-starting businesses across Canada and right here in Abbotsford by helping to get their products from the lab to the marketplace."

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

"Small and medium-sized enterprises, like NovaBioRubber Green Technologies Inc. and the Abbotsford farmers who support it, are the backbone of the Canadian economy. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, our Government is helping these companies get their cutting-edge goods and services from the lab into domestic and international markets, creating opportunities for hard-working Canadians."

The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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Contact Information

  • Marcel Poulin
    Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315