Governments of Canada and Manitoba invest $55,000 to conduct wastewater study in Portage la Prairie area industrial park

News release

January 18, 2023 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

As part of a commitment to sustainability and environmental action, the Canada and Manitoba governments are committing $55,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to study the viability of providing an alternative non-potable water source for non-food processing purposes to industrial park tenants in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced today.

The Poplar Bluff Industrial Park is located west of the City of Portage la Prairie and includes Simplot Canada Ltd., Roquette Canada Ltd., Enns Brothers, Overton Environmental and K&G Mushrooms. Water for the businesses is provided from Portage la Prairie's city water treatment plant, while the fire protection water supply is provided through the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie's non-potable distribution system.

The industrial park's tenants have expressed interest in using alternate non-potable water sources for non-food industrial purposes and reusing water where possible, with the goal of conserving potable water to support future food processing opportunities.

The study also supports Project ASPIRE, the action plan that positions Manitoba as the preferred supplier of sustainable plant and animal protein by stretching water supplies needed for protein industry expansion, the ministers noted.

The report is expected in early 2023 and will provide options and high-level cost estimates on infrastructure needed to use this non-potable water source. Once the report has been completed, the province and the rural municipality will review and consider next steps, in conjunction with the industrial park businesses.


"With increasing signs of climate change, every action the agriculture industry can take to use scarce inputs wisely matters. Projects like this show great initiative on the part of Manitoba's processing sector – improving sustainability through one small action can lead to further wins and opportunities down the road."

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Protecting our province's water resources while working with industry to grow the economy is a key priority of our government, which is laid out in our Water Management Strategy. This wastewater study supports the Strategy in the key focus areas of making every drop of water count, and addressing our water infrastructure's challenges and opportunities. By working together with governments, communities and industries, our government is committed to ensuring healthy and sustainable water management that supports resilient, thriving ecosystems, communities and economies for generations of Manitobans."

- Derek Johnson, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture

"Roquette is committed to improving sustainability at all of its facilities, including the Portage pea protein plant. Emerging research and technology are revealing creative ways to conserve and recycle water. This study will provide valuable direction for local industrial users as we work together toward a more sustainable approach for water usage. I would like to thank the Governments of Canada and Manitoba for their support of this important initiative."

- Dominique Baumann, Global Head of Plant Protein Operations and Managing Director, Roquette Canada Ltd.

Quick facts

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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