Over $1.5 million announced in contributions to the Quebec Agrifood Innovation Centre
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Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, announced three non-repayable contributions totalling $1,513,250 to the Quebec Agrifood Innovation Centre (QAIC).
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.
“The Quebec Agrifood Innovation Center is developing cutting-edge expertise in a number of emerging sectors. This support from the Government of Canada is essential for innovation and the development of these sectors as part of the new green and sustainable economy.” said Charles Lavigne, CEO, Quebec Agrifood Innovation Centre.
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, and the 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 received a $357,250 contribution to allow it to continue operating during the COVID-19 crisis.
“The Government of Canada has a mission to accompany the country’s organizations into tomorrow’s economy and help them seize the business opportunities that will arise. That is why we are providing our support to key sectors in various regions of Quebec, such as the agrifood sector in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Initiatives such as the QAIC project, which we have supported from day one, will help to ensure an inclusive recovery and create good jobs in our communities.” said Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament, Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister, National Revenue.