Minister Hutchings announces investments in business growth and community improvement projects across Saskatchewan
180 jobs supported through PrairiesCan investments of over $10.2 million in agri-food and advanced manufacturing innovation, and community revitalization
March 16, 2023 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – PrairiesCan
Saskatchewan is a global leader in agriculture and food processing, and home to world-class advanced manufacturing solutions companies that are helping feed Canadians and the world and sustains countless jobs.
Many of these companies are located in small towns across the province, like Perdue, Yorkton and Emerald Park, generating economic benefits for these communities.
Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced a federal investment of $7.9 million to help five high-growth Saskatchewan businesses access the resources they need to scale-up and bring their innovative products and services to new markets. The investment supports key sectors of Saskatchewan’s economy, including agriculture, agri-food and advanced manufacturing.
Minister Hutchings also announced an additional $2.3 million to build and improve recreation, tourism and community infrastructure in 13 urban, rural and Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan.
These investments, totalling $10,215,570, will help create vibrant urban and rural communities and ensure that Saskatchewan businesses thrive as strong contributors to the Prairie economy now and into the future, all while sustaining good jobs for Canadian workers.
“Saskatchewan is home to dynamic agri-food and advanced manufacturing sectors that are key employers and drivers of Saskatchewan’s economy. Our government is working in partnership with Saskatchewan entrepreneurs so they can share their innovative products and services with the global marketplace, support food security and sustainability, and create good jobs in vibrant communities across the province.”
–The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan
“Whether it is rural farming communities, Indigenous communities, or busy urban areas, Saskatchewan is built on strong agricultural roots. Vibrant communities supported by thriving local businesses and innovative entrepreneurs will make sure that all communities participate in the province’s growing economy and benefit from its success.”
–The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“The Food Centre has been supporting companies in launching new products and providing them interim processing solutions. This project will build on our current capacity to expand our capabilities in specific areas such as packaging, food processing, milling, modified ingredient scale-up, and ingredient isolation in the plant-based food sector.”
–Mehmet Tulbek, President, The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc.
“Protein Powered Farms and Sunnydale Foods welcomes Canada’s investment in Saskatchewan’s first commercial scale extrusion facility. It is a strong signal of Canada’s confidence in Saskatchewan’s capacity to develop sustainable food products that are both healthy for consumers and healthy for the planet. This project showcases how Canada is leading the way in sustainable and environmentally conscious food development.”
–Heidi Dutton, Protein Powered Farms Inc.
“Prairie’s Canada funding toward our trail development provides Whitecap Dakota community residents and Dakota Dunes Resort visitors with safe, accessible, year round recreation activity options. These trails further our community and tourism development and provide an opportunity for education on Dakota history and culture that can support reconciliation.”
–Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Saskatchewan is home to more than 40 per cent of Canada's cultivated farmland and is one of the largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada.
Since 2012, Saskatchewan's annual revenue from value-added agriculture has almost doubled from $3.5 billion to an estimated $6.8 billion in 2020-21.
More than 300 food processing and beverage companies in Saskatchewan produce a wide range of cereal, meat, dairy and bakery products, as well as food ingredients.
Saskatchewan companies design and produce world-class advanced manufacturing solutions. The sector is a key employer of graduates from universities and technical schools.
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