Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 27, 2016 14:53 ET

Vineland Centre to Develop New Apple and Tomato Varieties

VINELAND STATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and the Member of Parliament from Niagara Centre, Vance Badawey, announced today that the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is receiving a $920,000 federal investment to develop new disease-resistant apple and greenhouse tomato varieties that will contribute to the long-term growth and profitability of these two sectors.

The projects announced today help achieve the federal government's goal of strengthening the Canadian agricultural sector through key investments in discovery science and innovation.

These projects build on work carried out by AAFC scientists, who will continue to play a crucial role in developing new breeding lines.

Quick facts

  • Greenhouse tomatoes bring in $516 million annually at the farm gate, as well as $311 million in exports (2015).
  • Apples are Canada's second most valuable fruit after blueberries, earning $181 million at the farm gate, as well as $50 million in exports (2015).
  • Located in the Niagara Region, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.
  • Funding for the two projects comes from the Growing Forward 2, AgriInnovation Program (Research and Development Stream).


"Our Government is committed to helping farmers stay on the cutting-edge of the market with superior varieties of crops. These innovative new varieties of apples and tomatoes being developed by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will help drive the sector forward as a leader in job creation and innovation."

- Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay

"This investment demonstrates our government's support for, and commitment to, Canada and Niagara's agricultural innovation leaders who are working hard to keep our country's economy and businesses growing today and tomorrow."

- MP Vance Badawey (Niagara Centre)

"With this investment, our apple and tomato growers are benefiting from research on disease-resistant varieties. Our goal is always to increase industry competitiveness while meeting consumer preferences for locally-grown crops".

- Chief Executive Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Jim Brandle

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 framework

AgriInnovation Program

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario