Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 13, 2008 13:19 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Expo Québec's International Development Plan

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - The Government of Canada announced $150,000 in financial assistance to Expo Quebec to pursue the agricultural fair's international development strategy. The announcement was made today by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Jacques Gourde, on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

Through the initiative Expo Quebec 2008 : un tremplin pour les ventes de betail canadien a l'etranger, organizers are carrying out the fourth phase of a five-year strategy for sustained in Ere Both growth in the number of foreign buyers at the event site and sustained growth in international sales of Canadian livestock. This year, organizers will try to attract buyers for the Mexican, Algerian and Russian markets, who all have shown strong interest in Canadian livestock. Note that Expo Quebec is the site of the Quebec provincial animals judging finals, where the province's finest specimens will be on display.

"By providing a full business centre onsite at Expo Quebec, organizers have created an atmosphere conducive to trade," said Parliamentary Secretary Gourde, who was pleased about the Government of Canada's support. "The Government of Canada strongly supports job creation and new markets opening. Expo Quebec is an excellent venue for showing the entire world our agricultural expertise."

The financial assistance will also make it possible to present the popular Showcase of Canadian Culinary Riches, which features well-known chefs from all provinces and territories preparing, before a live audience, recipes that use ingredients from their region of Canada. As well, during this 400th anniversary year of the City of Quebec, Expo Quebec will host a large delegation from France, including an acclaimed master chef.

The financial support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is provided through the Canadian Agriculture and Food International Program (CAFI), a program to support the implementation of a long-term international marketing strategy for Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary