The Honourable Bernadette Jordan Photo: Fisheries & Oceans CanadaThe Honourable Bernadette Jordan Photo: Fisheries & Oceans Canada

The Canadian government has pledged CAN$5.4 million from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support projects contributing to clean economic growth in British Columbia.

The Province of British Columbia also announced a contribution of more than CAN$785,000 in funding towards these 36 projects.

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard said that sustainability must underpin government investment and action. “Through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program, we’re helping our partners in British Columbia implement more sustainable practices, and therefore become more competitive in their markets,” she said.

“These are good, long-term investments that will help Canada’s seafood sector employ more people and generate more revenue for decades to come,” she added.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption program is a CAN$20 million program running from 2017 to 2021 that helps businesses incorporate clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. Last year, CAN$2 million was pledged to help the seafood sector in Quebec and this latest investment brings the total number of projects helped by the fund to 80.

The 36 projects to benefit from this latest tranche of funding are helping businesses to upgrade waste and wastewater treatment facilities, increase energy efficiency, create more reliance on renewable energies, upgrade sonar, decrease reliance on Styrofoam and reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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