Murad Al-Katib, AGT Food and Ingredients

Agriculture and Food

Good things are growing in ag and food. Canada is poised to be an agricultural leader in feeding a growing global population. It’s a huge responsibility that also offers countless opportunities, and Regina is in the middle of it all.

The province boasts 40% of Canada’s total field crop acreage, 35% of the global pulse market and is the country’s second-largest beef-producing province.

Why Regina? 

It doesn’t matter where your business falls in the ag-value chain – you’ll have direct access to the producers, markets and workforce needed to grow your business.

Saskatchewan has a strong and growing agribusiness and food sector. The province is a leading exporter of agri-food products with sales reaching $13.4 billion in 2018. Since 2004, Saskatchewan’s annual revenue from value-added agriculture has more than doubled from $2.3 billion to an estimated $5.2 billion in 2018.

Over the next 10 years attraction of top food processing and ingredient manufacturing companies to the area is a key priority. As the world’s largest exporter of peas, lentils, durum, wheat, mustard seed, canola, flaxseed and oats, Regina is your first stop on the protein highway.

  • Saskatchewan has one of the lowest corporate income tax rates in Canada (11.5% as of July 2017), combined with low operating costs and competitive, targeted incentives.

  • Saskatchewan has the best returns on labour investment among all provinces in value-added agriculture.

  • Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive – offering a 15% tax rebate on eligible capital expenditures for new or expanded operations

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Quick Facts

  • 2,483 employees
  • 207 employers
  • $1.067 billion in sales
  • $341.6 million in GDP
  • 2.3% GDP
*All stats are from 2019, unless otherwise stated. 

Let's Work Together

See how we can help. Reach out to our Agriculture and Food sector expert, David Froh.

Financing? We have you covered.

Saskatchewan is home to the headquarters of Protein Industries Canada, a new pan-prairie 'supercluster' designed to bring together R&D resources and industry to help develop new products that add value to crops such as wheat, canola, and lentils and other pulses.

Farm Credit Canada is Canada's largest agriculture, agribusiness and food lender. This organization's purpose is to enhance rural Canada by providing specialized and personalized financial services to farming and food operations. Conexus Credit Union is Saskatchewan's largest and Canada's sixth-largest credit union with a $32-million fund dedicated to tech companies. Conexus also started Regina’s first incubator, Cultivator. Since 2019, Cultivator has incubated 32 companies, created 86 jobs and raised $1.7 M of private capital.

Research and Education

Regina is proud to host to two of the world’s largest agriculture shows every year – Canadian Western Agribition and Canada’s Farm Show.

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is a faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, approximately 2.5 hours from Regina. It has an annual budget of $38 million and an enrolment of approximately 1,000 students studying at the diploma, undergraduate degree, graduate degree and postgraduate levels. Saskatoon also boasts the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, offering full assistance to food processors wanting to add value to their products for domestic and/or international markets. Explore our services in food processing, innovative food development, extrusion technology, food industry training and pathfinding resources.

Connect your business to the world

Chuka Creek Business Park is a new and major intermodal terminal served by CN Intermodal and truck transportation freight facility. Through the Global Transportation Hub (GTH), businesses can reach 60 million consumers within a day’s drive, and over 270 million within two days. Get your products to market in Regina. Viterra is headquartered in Regina and is a global market leader in originating, handling, processing and marketing agricultural commodities. With over 500 employees, Viterra buys, markets and handles the leading share of western Canadian grain.

Regina is home to world-leading Agribusiness and Food Companies

Brandt Group of Companies employs more than 1800 people across Canada and the US and services markets in over 20 countries and six continents. Brandt is the largest privately-owned company in Saskatchewan and a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program.  Brandt engineers and manufactures quality agricultural equipment and markets these products through a dealer network in North America, Europe and Australia. Brandt Tractor is the largest privately held John Deere construction and forestry dealership in the world with 27 locations across Canada from coast to coast.

AGT Food and Ingredients is one of the world’s largest suppliers of value-added pulses, staple foods and food ingredients. We buy lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas from farmers around our 40+ facilities located in the best pulse growing regions in Canada, the United States, Turkey, Australia, China and South Africa and ship our products to over 120 countries around the globe. AGT’s CEO, Murad Al-Katib was recognized as the World Entrepreneur of the in 2017.

Saskatchewan has an expanding food and ingredients industry that offers flour and bakery mixes; peas, lentils and chickpeas; beef, pork and chicken; jams, jellies and other preserves; as well as certified organic meats and cereals (flax, oats, barley and wheat).

Mosaic Company is the world's leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Regina serves as the headquarters for the Potash business unit. Mosaic employs more than 12,000 people in six countries and participate in every aspect of crop nutrition development.

Simpson Seeds, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the largest independently owned special crops processor and exporter in Saskatchewan. JGL Group of Companies is a dedicated service provider of the beef production sector. They are a full-service feed ingredient supplier including merchandising, distribution, & administration.

Avena Foods Limited is a speciality miller of safe, sustainably grown, nutritious certified gluten-free oat and pulse ingredients, supplying food, beverage and nutraceutical manufacturers throughout the world. With three facilities on the Canadian prairies, Avena Foods produces four ranges of ingredients, all of which are non-GMO, allergen-friendly (free of all labelled allergens), and available conventional, gluten-free and certified organic.

Ag Tech and Innovation

SeedMaster produces innovative, reliable and precise seeding solutions that bolster farm success and sustainability. They build the lowest-maintenance seeding systems on the market, with terrain-following openers that place seed and fertilizer with pinpoint accuracy. The Future of Agriculture: Norbert Beaujot, founder of SeedMaster created the Dot Power Platform - an autonomous, mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction.

FCC AgExpert is Canada’s leading farm data management and agriculture accounting software with over 11,000 active users.

Since 1962, Degelman Industries has manufactured innovative equipment to fit the ever-growing need of performance, quality and durability for today's agricultural and industrial sectors.

Dutch Industries has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing technologically-advanced steel equipment and a 55,000 square foot facility. Dutch serves a growing list of agricultural and industrial customers, from over 11 countries, on six continents.