Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canadian growers and consumers can look forward to putting better produce on their tables thanks to a Government of Canada investment of up to $207,425 in Burlington-based EarthFresh Farms Inc. The investment will support the innovation of an industry-leading program to detect defects in a premium variety of Ontario potatoes, optimizing product output and increasing profits for local farmers. An additional $30,000 will also go towards hiring youth to work on the company’s various green resource management initiatives.
The funding was announced today by Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, while visiting the offices of EarthFresh Farms in Burlington.
These investments are being allocated through the National Research of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), which supports thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada in developing and commercializing technologies. The NRC-IRAP works closely with industry to bridge technology gaps and build a more innovative Canadian economy that reflects today’s global realities.
“Our government supports science, technology and the growth of innovative Canadian firms. Like so many small and medium-sized businesses in Ontario, EarthFresh Farms is doing some really innovative work. These businesses are critical to the Canadian economy, and our government will continue to put in place the tools that Canadian businesses need to grow, create jobs and secure long-term prosperity.”
– Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington
“EarthFresh is pleased to be working with the NRC-IRAP. Their support is enabling us to hire several young, energetic employees to help us meet our sustainability goals and we are excited to see what advancements can be made to reducing our food waste, and crop inputs, while increasing our grower profitability. We are also very excited to see big improvements in the detection of defects in our white potato program. These improvements will drastically increase the competitiveness of this new variety while reducing food waste and improving grower returns.”
– Tom Hughes, President of EarthFresh Farms Inc.
- In 2016-2017, the NRC-IRAP worked with over 11,000 SMEs, with more than 7,400 firms benefiting from expert advisory services and some 3,400 firms receiving financial support.
- The NRC-IRAP delivers its Youth programs under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, providing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent to meet their innovation needs.