The Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories (NWT) are investing over $400,000 to increase the production of fresh, healthy and locally-grown food in the NWT’s agriculture sector.
The investments, delivered under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (the Partnership), will support three projects in Hay River:
- Riverside Growers ($118,642) – Riverside Growers is responding to market demand by increasing production capacity and improving processing flow. Through the Major Agriculture Projects Fund, Riverside Growers will effectively double their growing space while streamlining their processing and packing lines for greater efficiency. Further, Riverside Growers is investing in multi-functional processing equipment to support a broader array of products and provide a new level of value-added support for other local producers.
- Greenwood Gardens ($111,174) – Greenwood Gardens is planning a significant expansion of their greenhouse production enabling them to grow more high value crops including tomatoes and cucumbers. The energy efficient greenhouse will allow for an earlier start and extended growing season particularly important for growing frost sensitive vegetables successfully in the north. The greenhouse will also provide an ideal climate for high-quality vegetable seedlings and bedding plant production to service the local and region markets.
- Choice North Farms ($180,000) – As the largest producer in the NWT, Choice North Farms is committed to constant improvement in quality and efficiency. Through the Major Agriculture Projects Fund, a redesigned “in-line” grading station will be installed on-site to increase quality control, improve operational efficiency and open up new markets in the NWT.
- This is the first time in the Northwest Territories that government funding has been made available under the Partnership specifically for commercial growers, and to support large-scale development on established and growing farms.
“COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges, and has put increased focus for Canadians on where they get their food. The pandemic has also highlighted the need to ensure food security for all Canadians. Through this project, the Government of Canada is providing support to innovative solutions that help ensure a dependable food supply in Northwest Territories communities.”
– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Local food producers in the Northwest Territories play an important role in establishing a resilient food supply for their communities. The funding announced today will help these growers scale-up production to bring more of their safe, nutritious foods to grocery store shelves and kitchen tables across the territory.”
– Michael V. McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories
“When the Government of the Northwest Territories introduced its first agriculture strategy in 2017, we noted that to increase the production of fresh, healthy, safe and affordable locally grown food, we must first establish a commercial food-growing industry. The identified need for this level of capital funding is an indicator that our investments in The Business of Food are beginning to yield results.”
– Honourable Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Funding Recipients are required to contribute a minimum cash equity of 10%.
Nine applications (6 South Slave, 2 North Slave, 1 Dehcho) were accepted and reviewed for possible funding under the Agriculture Major Projects Fund.
The total value of applications received was over $2 million.