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Government of Canada invests more than $11 million to advance innovation and growth in Canada’s wine sector

Kelowna, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada’s wine sector is growing, with the industry generating revenues of $1.2 billion in 2016 and employing over 5,600 people. Wine makers and grape growers across the country are working hard to ensure their businesses are able to thrive in Canada’s climate, and innovate as the industry grows.

Today, Stephen Fuhr, Member of parliament for Kelowna Lake Country, spoke at the Canadian Vintners Association’s annual general meeting, where he reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s support for the wine and grape sector through three key investments. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, previously announced these investments on July 4, 2018, in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.

MP Fuhr highlighted the Government of Canada’s investment of up to $8.4 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.  This is the first time grape and wine producing organizations from across the country have come together, as the CGCN, to develop a national research cluster devoted to advancing the Canadian grape and wine industry.

This research investment, which includes up to an additional $3.7 million from industry contributions, will help growers better protect their crops, test new vine varieties, and analyse growing practices in Canadian vineyards that are better for the environment.

MP Fuhr also congratulated the Canadian Vintners Association on completing a $1.5 million project under Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing program. This funding helped the Canadian wine industry enhance Canada’s international reputation as a top cool climate wine producer through market development and trade advocacy activities, and helped launch the Wines of Canada brand.

In addition, MP Fuhr underscored an additional investment of $1.5 million over three years to the Canadian Vintner’s Association (CVA) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriMarketing program. The funding will assist the industry in activities such as participation in trade shows, missions, and promotions in traditional markets, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, as well as CVA’s participation at international trade advocacy events.

MP Fuhr’s participation at this event builds on Minister MacAulay’s cross country ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture’ tour, which started in Quebec two weeks ago and ends in British Columbia on July 17. Minister MacAulay is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participating in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs – including those recently launched under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – and how they will help to build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.

Source : Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada