(Regina, SK) The agriculture sector in the Greater Regina Area (GRA) is receiving a boost in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). With $250,000 from WD, Economic Development Regina (EDR) will help grow the plant protein sector in the GRA.

“The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing the economy of Saskatchewan,” said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana. “This initiative, led by Economic Development Regina with File Hills Qu’Appelle Developments and industry partners, will create new business opportunities and employment by building on the strengths of our world-leading agri-food sector and leveraging investments such as the Protein Industries Canada supercluster.”

The funds are matching from those being invested by Economic Development Regina, File Hills Qu’Appelle Economic Development, ISM and other community partners. The goal is to support the start-up, growth and attraction of companies in the plant-protein sector, including an ambitious goal to position the Greater Regina Area as Agri-Technology Hub and a centre for inclusive entrepreneurship excellence.

"Regina has the opportunitey to be the first stop on the plant protein hightway, but to do that we must better leverage our assets and partners," said John Lee, President & CEO of Economic Development Regina. "We have a vision to doubel our employment in the agri-value sector and to incorporate more technology into this sector. With forward thinking and support from organizations and businesses such as WD Canada, FHQ and ISM we can come together to make that a reality."

Collaboration locally will be used to create a regional plant-protein cluster that can partner and take advantage of the opportunities created from Protein Industries Canada (PIC), headquartered in Regina, and PIC companies across Western Canada. PIC recently won federal funding to create a supercluster across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg focusing on plant protein.

To learn more about Economic Development Regina and their Agri-value strategy visit: economicdevelopmentregina.com/about/publications#agrivalue-strategy

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For more information, contact:

Alison Barton
Manager, Corporate Communications
Economic Development Regina, Inc.
P: 306-565-6385
E: abarton@economicdevelopmentregina.com

Rhonda Laing
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
P: 306-975-5944
E: rhonda.laing@canada.ca