The Government of Canada announced nearly $2.5 million in funding for the purchase and installation of advanced apple processing technologies to enable Ocean Crisp Apple Company Inc. to increase capacity and improve efficiency.
An investment of $1,978,157, is being provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInnovate Program. It was also announced that additional funding of $500,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
The project supports the purchase and installation of first-in-Canada automated and robotic equipment that will increase capacity, improve efficiency and quality, and reduce water usage. Other major Atlantic apple producers will benefit by being granted access to the advanced equipment, which will support the province in sending premium apple varieties, such as Honeycrisp, to high-value export markets.
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 includes programs and activities to enhance the competitiveness of the sector through research, science and innovation.