Ottawa and Quebec team up to support innovation in the fishing industry
November 14, 2023
Newport, Quebec - The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are announcing $5,8 million in funding for 35 projects in Quebec that will help improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of the province’s fish and seafood sector. The Government of Canada’s contribution to these 35 projects is $4 million, while the Government of Quebec is contributing $1.8 million.
The Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF) supports projects in the areas of innovation, science partnerships, commercial fisheries, aquaculture and processing. These projects increase the value of high quality fish and seafood products from sustainable sources, and help position Quebec’s fish and seafood sector for continued long term growth.
In the long run, the combined contributions of the Government of Canada and of the Government of Quebec in the QFF should total $42.8 million over five years, which will create opportunities and increase the market value of high quality fish and seafood products from sustainable practices in Quebec.
“Today, initiatives across the province were funded through the Quebec Fisheries Fund. I am proud to see all the ingenuity, creativity, and commitment of the recipients in creating sustainable and inspiring initiatives that will ensure the future and the influence of the fish and seafood sector in Quebec. When Ottawa and Quebec join forces, it is our harvesters’ associations, our businesses, First Nations, and even our post-graduate institutions that benefit.”
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Your government remains committed to supporting the fisheries and aquaculture sector, an important economic driver in our coastal regions. To remain competitive, businesses must innovate, both to adapt to the needs of consumers, and to meet the demands of markets and society. I am pleased with today's support for projects that will promote the sustainability of fishing activities in Quebec.”
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region
“I am pleased that our government is supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to carry out innovative projects that will increase the supply of Quebec products. The fisheries and aquaculture sector boosts the socio-economic activity of Quebec's regions, particularly coastal regions. It allows them to stand out and occupy a unique place within the bio-food industry.”
Member of Parliament for Gaspé and Government Assistant for Fisheries to the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In the Gaspé – Lower St. Lawrence region, QFF contributions were allocated to 20 projects for a total of over $3 million.
Contributions were also allocated to seven projects in the Magdalen Islands, for a total of over $900,000.
On the North Shore, quatre projects were financed by the QFF for a total contribution of over $915,000.
Finally, outside the maritime sectors, four recipients received nearly $900,000 from the QFF for their projects.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Sophie J. Barma
Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Tel.: 418-380-2100, Ext. 3512
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