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Funding & Programs

The Centre for Seafood Innovation updates this page with funding and program information, CSI in the news, and links to resources. Check in periodically for the latest!

Funding & Program Information

Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC
A not-for-profit society creating funding opportunities for BC’s food sector.
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Agritech Ramp-Up
A cohort-based training program enabling entrepreneurs to evolve their ideas to commercial realities.
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Canadian Food Innovation Network

Accelerates food innovation by stimulating connections, collaborations and investments across this country’s food ecosystem.
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Canadian Food Innovation Network’s Innovation Booster supports the advancement and commercialization of innovative food products, reviewing projects ranging from $20K to $200K.
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BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund - NEW
The Government of B.C. will invest as much as $90 million over three years through the new BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund. The fund will support high-value industrial and manufacturing projects to drive clean and inclusive growth in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.
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Food Network Links

Buy BC Food and Drink
An online project featuring the products and goods created by members of the Small Scale Food Processor Association.
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Smarter Meals out of the Blue
Promotes awareness of Canadian seafood with helpful seafood preparation tips and family-friendly recipes.
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CSI in the News

Check out Victoria’s Douglas Magazine’s business-oriented feature on CSI here.

CVCollective Magazine notes here CSI’s matchmaking process, and how CSI Manager Debra Hellbach puts new food producers together with consultants and food scientists.

Edible Vancouver Island describes here the Centre’s inaugural Oyster Challenge in November 2021 — and the Challenge’s winning entry.

Read Parksville Qualicum Beach News’ story here announcing the Centre for Seafood Innovation.


This page features information on new food programs and funding, industry updates, and business development in the province.

Pam Alexis, Minister of Agriculture and Food, MANDATE LETTER

Mandate letters are sent by the Premier to his/her Ministers to outline the objectives and priorities of the work ministers will focus on. Seafood falls under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and therefore, Minister Alexis’s mandate will affect our sector.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources
Follow the link for a comprehensive list of fishery and aquaculture associations, First Nations organizations, relevant government agencies, media, aquariums and seafood suppliers.
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Starting a Food Processing Business
The BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food provides important information on starting and marketing a food processing business in BC. Links to BC Food Processing Associations are also provided here.
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Labelling Information
Food labelling is an important — and sometimes confusing — aspect of food production in Canada. Completing this free self-paced course on food labelling will increase your understanding of the latest nutrition labelling information. Register to take the Nutrition Labelling Online Course on myLearning.
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