Creating Jobs and Benefiting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories
As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009, the federal government committed $250 million over two years to invest in modernizing federal laboratories.
Eight AAFC laboratories will receive $25.9 million under the Modernizing Federal Laboratories program to update their facilities, providing long-term economic benefits for farmers and an immediate economic stimulus for their communities.
The projects will support important research in plant breeding, pesticide management, food safety and new product development. For example, these upgrades will allow for: continued research into the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of food and the safety of food processing techniques; the development of wheat varieties that are resistant to a new strain of wheat rust that could otherwise devastate crops; and better testing for pesticides.
The AAFC projects that are receiving funding are:
- Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke, Quebec
- Horticulture Research and Development Centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
- Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
- Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, P.E.I
- Morden Research Centre in Morden, Manitoba
- Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Guelph Food Research Centre in Guelph, Ontario
- Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) Reference and Research Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario