New funding will boost innovation: FCO

March 29, 2017
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March 29, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario’s recently announced Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative will be a major boost to the industry, said Ian Vermeer, president of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc.

Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, outlined the program during a tour of Link Greenhouses in Bowmanville.

“Ontario’s greenhouse growers are keen to invest in innovative technologies that will make a positive difference to the economy and the environment,” said Vermeer.

“This investment by the Ontario government will accelerate their adoption and generate opportunities to develop further ways of improving greenhouse production systems right here in Ontario.”

The $19 million dollar investment will continue to spur growth in Ontario’s thriving greenhouse sector. Ontario flower farms will continue to grow and benefit Ontarians through exploring new technologies, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and supplying food for the soul for consumers across Canada.

“This announcement from Minister Leal and Premier Wynne shows the commitment from the Ontario government in encouraging growth in the Ontario greenhouse sector,” said FCO executive director Andrew Morse. “Ontario’s greenhouse flower farmers thank Minister Leal and Premier Wynne for this promising announcement.”

ABOUT FLOWERS CANADA (ONTARIO)

Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. is the provincial trade association representing flower growers across the province of Ontario. With over 200 members, FCO’s mission is to enhance the competitiveness of Ontario’s floriculture sector by helping members address common issues, challenges and opportunities to retain and enhance Ontario’s preeminent position in the floriculture industry.

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