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Canada: Ontario invests $7.2 million to boost greenhouse industry

Ontario is investing $7.2 million in the newly opened Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to help drive innovative new research and provide the province's greenhouse industry with homegrown opportunities and solutions.

Vineland's Greenhouse Technology Complex features new technologies to support and modernize horticulture, including robotics and automation, and showcases state-of-the-art lighting and thermal systems. Research in this large-scale greenhouse will focus on plant breeding, and pest and disease control.

This $7.2 million-investment will help develop profitable crops that are more resilient to Ontario's climate, as well as new products and varieties of vegetables, fruits, wine and flowering plants that reflect consumers' changing preferences. The greenhouse will also help improve plant and vegetable production systems by adapting best practices to help keep production costs low.

The Vineland greenhouse facility will expedite the commercialization of innovative technologies and products coming out of innovative research. This work will help the Ontario greenhouse sector to grow export and domestic consumption of horticultural products and to market innovative new technologies to other jurisdictions. This in turn will add new, high-value jobs that will help expand economic development in Ontario.

Supporting the province's greenhouse industry is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Source: Government of Ontario
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