New funding for FIHOQ

November 07, 2013
Written by Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Nov. 7, 2013, Quebec City, QC — Quebec's horticulture industry is getting a $156,000 boost from the federal and provincial governments.

The funding will be provided to the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec (FIHOQ) to conduct two projects promoting ornamental horticulture, as well as research and innovation.

The funding is being provided under the Support Program for Sectoral Development Strategies, which is associated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Agricultural Flexibility Fund. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Honourable Francois Gendron, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec, announced the funding in Quebec City, Que., on Nov. 6.

"The Quebec ornamental horticulture industry generates considerable economic spinoffs. The FIHOQ has stood out over the years, and this Economic Action Plan investment announced today will allow the FIHOQ to maintain its momentum," said Ritz.

"Ornamental horticulture is a rapidly growing industry in Quebec, which is largely the result of the efforts of the FIHOQ and its dynamic members, who have an inspiring vision for the future. That is why we support these projects, which will allow this industry to make more progress and become a major player in Quebec's biofood industry," added Gendron.

The Support Program for Sectoral Development Strategies was announced by the Governments of Canada and Quebec on March 25, 2011. The program is providing $16.7 million over four years to help agri-food activity sectors adapt and thrive in a competitive and constantly changing business environment.

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