The government of Canada has announced seven projects receiving support from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support clean economic growth in Quebec. The government is contributing nearly $2 million in funding and the Government of Quebec is adding more than $300,000 towards these projects.
“The projects we are funding through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program will support the women and men in Quebec’s seafood sector build more prosperous, sustainable practices for years to come,” said Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Bernadette Jordan.
“These investments will not only help our fisheries overcome the economic challenges of the pandemic, but actually emerge stronger and more resilient than ever.”
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 sectors contribute approximately $4.5 billion annually in gross domestic product and provide thousands of jobs across Canada, 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 projects we are announcing today will help achieve the government’s targets for the commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry in Québec,” said Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food André Lamontagne.
“In this regard, these projects will, for example, promote the sustainability and environmental performance of the industry and accelerate the automation and robotisation of aquatic product processing companies. Additionally, they support diversification of fish farm production. As a result, Québec fish products will enjoy a stronger positioning among consumers. In this way, the Government of Québec is making a concrete investment in the economic recovery of our maritime regions.”
The seven projects announced 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, modernising fisheries sonar, and reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Indigenous Affairs Secretariat is pleased to support the adoption of innovative technologies while contributing to the economic vitality of First Nations communities,” said Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs Ian Lafrenière.
“I am proud that the Secretariat is a partner in the Nutashkuan Fisheries Environmental Impact Reduction Project. This is a concrete gesture. Respect for the environment has always been a fundamental value of the Innu Nation. I wish the members of the community an abundant fishery. I have good hope.”