On July 10, Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr spoke at the Canadian Vintners Association’s annual general meeting, where he reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s support. This follows federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay’s announcement in Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario on July 4.
“I’m thrilled to have launched Canada’s first-ever grape and wine research cluster. Our domestic grape and wine sector has a positive impact on Canada’s economy, and it continues to grow,” says minister MacAulay. “This cluster will help sustain the success of Canadian wines by supporting research that improves wine quality and vineyard environmental management practices, addresses challenges faced by the sector, and builds upon Canada’s international reputation as a top cool-climate wine producer.”
Fuhr highlighted the Government of Canada’s investment of up to $8.4 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.
“I am pleased to be with the Canadian Vintners Association and the BC Wine Institute today to highlight the collaborative work by the Government of Canada, provinces and industry to support grape growers and wine producers,” says Fuhr. “This funding will contribute to sustainable growth in the wine and grape sector in British Columbia, and bring economic stability to grape growers and wine producers.”
This research investment, which includes up to an additional $3.7 million from industry contributions, will help growers better protect their crops, test new vine varieties, and analyze growing practices in Canadian vineyards that are better for the environment.
In addition, MP Fuhr underscored an additional investment of $1.5 million over three years to the Canadian Vintner’s Association (CVA) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriMarketing program. The funding will assist the industry in activities such as participation in trade shows, missions, and promotions in traditional markets, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, as well as CVA’s participation at international trade advocacy events.
“On behalf of the Canadian Wine Industry this contribution of 1.5 million dollars over three years from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is significant in helping to build the Canadian brand for our exceptional Canadian wines,” says Dan Paszkowski, Present & Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Vintners Association. “From British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, to Nova Scotia, Canadian vintners are growing and making wines that are competing and winning in international markets.”
MP Fuhr’s participation at this event builds on Minister MacAulay’s cross country ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture’ tour, which started in Quebec two weeks ago and ends in BC on July 17. Minister MacAulay is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participating in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs – including those recently launched under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – and how they will help to build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada July 10, 2018 news release