November 12, 2020
Quebec, Quebec – Improving the environmental sustainability of Quebec businesses while ensuring they remain competitive in the marketplace is a shared goal of many hardworking Canadians. Now more than ever, this goal is challenging. That is why the Government of Canada is making targeted investments in deploying clean technology solutions that will help aquaculture and fisheries-related businesses become cleaner, greener, and more sustainable.
Today, the leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, together with the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. André Lamontagne, announced seven projects receiving support from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support clean economic growth in Quebec. The Government of Canada is contributing nearly $2 million in funding and the Government of Quebec is adding more than $300,000 towards these projects.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption program is a $20 million program (2017-2021) that provides funding to help businesses incorporate clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. It is intended to accelerate the use of more sustainable and efficient tools, practices and techniques.
Commercial fisheries and aquaculture are important contributors to the Canadian economy. These sectors contribute approximately $4.5 billion annually in gross domestic product and provide thousands of jobs across our country — many in Indigenous, rural and coastal communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these investments continue to help ensure and strengthen Canadians access to fish and seafood resources by supporting the small and medium sized-businesses that are the bedrock of our industry.
The seven projects announced today will support fisheries and aquaculture businesses in adopting greener practices by improving fish waste treatment, increasing energy efficiency, reducing water use, creating greater reliance on green energy, modernizing fisheries sonar, and reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.