Minister MacAulay announces $12.7 million to advance innovation in Canada's swine sector

News release

June 26, 2018 – Sherbrooke, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada’s pork and hog sector is an important driver of the Canadian economy, with farm cash receipts reaching $4.5 billion in 2017. Research and innovation are vital to ensuring this sector continues to produce quality products that meet the highest standards of animal health and welfare, food safety and sustainability.

Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced a federal investment of up to $12.7 million to Swine Innovation Porc, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Clusters. The Swine Research and Development Cluster investment is the first of a series of AgriScience Clusters to be announced under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched in April 2018.

AgriScience Clusters are intended to mobilize partnerships among industry, government and academia to address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope in the agriculture sector.

Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation committed to facilitating research in the Canadian swine sector, will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to the Swine Research and Development Cluster for a total value of up to $18.5 million.

These investments will be used to: examine new ways of feeding piglets that could help provide immunity from diseases; determine best methods for the classification of pork based on quality attributes to provide more choice for Canadian consumers; and, examine long-distance transport effects on the health and welfare of early weaned pigs.

This research will build on two previous Swine Clusters, which included projects focussing on animal nutrition research, and animal health and welfare research.

Today’s announcement is part of Minister MacAulay’s 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour, where he will meet with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participate in rural agricultural events across the country, to hear ideas on how to capture new growth opportunities for the sector.


“Pork farmers rely on research and innovation to implement new practices and tools that help them improve their sustainability, while remaining competitive. Today’s investment will ensure Canada’s pork industry continues to sustainably produce high-quality products at home, and remain a top exporter in the world, which is good for our economy and for creating good, well-paying jobs for Canadians across the country.”

- Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay

“This investment in research and development is excellent news for the Canadian swine sector. Science and innovation are the keys to the long-term success of Canadian producers and the industry at large. We are confident that the outcomes from this research program will drive sustainable growth and strengthen the competitivity of the Canadian pork industry. We want to express our thanks to Minister MacAulay for this timely and significant investment that gives Swine Innovation Porc the opportunity to even better serve the whole pork value chain.”

- Stewart Cressman, Chair, Swine Innovation Porc

Quick facts

  • Canada is the 9th largest pork producer in the world, representing approximately 2 percent of global production. In 2016, Canada exported approximately 70 percent of overall Canadian hog production, with a value of $3.8 billion.

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Partnership builds on Growing Forward 2, the previous five-year agreement that ended on March 31, 2018.

  • The Partnership includes programs and activities to enhance the competitiveness of the sector through research, science and innovation. Through the AgriScience Program, a five-year, up to up to $338 million initiative, the government is supporting leading edge discovery and applied science, and innovation driven by industry research priorities.

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Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

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