May 15, 2014
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced a $26.5 million investment in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as part of the Growing Forward 2 program.

The announcement took place at the Centre in Vineland on Apr. 24. On hand were local MP David Sweet and MPP Ted McMeekin.  

The funding will go toward assisting the horticulture industry through the five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

“Horticulture is a key economic driver for our province. This investment allows us to continue work on 10 key research programs aimed at horticulture sector priorities,” said Dr. Jim Brandle, Vineland’s CEO. “We thank our key partners for their support and will continue to drive results for the industry through research, innovative solutions and commercialization programs.”

Some of the areas that will benefit from the funding include enhanced horticultural production systems, including natural and automated pest management systems for greenhouse and nursery operations; genetic research to create crops that are more resilient to Ontario conditions and more profitable to grow and consumer insights to support new products, including different varieties of vegetables, apples and wine.

“We are delighted with the continued confidence shown in Vineland,” said John F. T. Scott, Vineland’s board chair. “Through collaboration with a wide-range of industry partners, Vineland is working every day to increase competitiveness for the Canadian horticulture industry with ground-breaking research and innovation.”

Landscape Ontario has representation on the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Advisory Committee.