The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier announces more than $1.5 million in Government of Canada contributions to the Quebec Agrifood Innovation Center

Jul 08, 2021

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-LA-POCATIÈRE, QC - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region counts several dynamic businesses and organizations with innovative ideas helping to create a strong local economic fabric. Some organizations have succeeded in adapting to the pandemic and are prospering, while others have had to reduce their operations.

As the Government of Canada puts into place a plan for a robust economic recovery, it is important to support businesses as well as organizations that want to innovate in order to pursue growth and ensure their success.

With this in mind, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, today announced three non-repayable contributions totalling $1,513,250 to the Quebec Agrifood Innovation Center (QAIC), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED.

First, an additional $1-million contribution has been provided to the QAIC in connection with its expansion project to broaden its service offerings for the fermented beverages industry. This is over and above the original contribution for the same project announced in 2017, which allowed the organization to complete the work to strengthen the entrepreneurial fabric and improve companies' innovation capabilities.

A $156,000 contribution was then provided for the QAIC's product development and marketing project for the emerging entomophagy sector, which promotes the human consumption of insects. This project will lead to the creation of two jobs. This financial support will be used to acquire and install laboratory equipment, including a centrifugal decanter and a lipid extraction press, as well as cover professional fees for training and installation work.

Finally, the QAIC also received a $357,250 contribution to allow it to continue operating during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government of Canada recognizes and supports innovative businesses and organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Québec's economic recovery relies, among other things, on organizations that are well grounded in the regional economy. Innovation is a major contributor to growth, in addition to being a key asset in rebuilding a stronger, more resilient and more just economy for all.

Source : Cision
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