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Sustainable Agriculture: Enhancing Canada Europe Collaboration

  • 25 May 2021
  • 15:30
  • 08 Jun 2021
  • 18:00
  • Online

Sustainable technologies in the Agri-food sector offer strong growth potential, driven by trends such as increasing population, the need to use natural resources sustainably and consumer demands for transparency in food products. By 2025, the global market for precision agriculture, agricultural robotics and automation, and indoor and vertical farming is projected to reach over $39B USD.

May 25th, June 1st and June 8th 2021
Time: 15:30 – 18:00 CET
(Including 30 minutes of networking pre and post webinar)

Canada has a key advantage in sustainable agriculture and farming, given a diverse agriculture sector that is big enough to support innovation, development and marketing at scale. In this webinar series we will focus on:

Agtech & Robotics

Date:  May 25th 2021
Time:  15:30 – 18:00 CET


Soil Stimulation & Crop Protection

Date: June 1st 2021 
Time: 15:30 – 18:00 CET


Livestock & Precision Farming

Date: June 8th 2021
Time: 15:30 – 18:00 CET



Canada’s agribusiness industry has a strong history of adapting to economic and environmental changes.  In recent years, the share of farm market receipts has shifted from livestock to crops.  Now, technological advances are transforming the way agriculture companies do business.  Canadian digitization projects* include AI-backed facial recognition technology for cows, camera and AI-powered herbicide distribution systems, and autonomous tractors.


Food and beverage processing generates most of the manufacturing activity in Canada and benefits from continuous supply from Canadian farms.  KPMG ranks Canada as the second best country in the agri-food processing sector, based on utilities, transportation, labour, and other manufacturing costs.


As part of the Accelerated Investment Incentive, Canada introduced federal tax credits which include an immediate 100% write-off for newly acquired manufacturing and processing equipment.  One is also eligible to write off up to 100% of specified clean energy equipment costs to spur adoption of clean tech.  Canada is also the first country in the G20 to offer a tariff-free zone for industrial manufacturers, allowing investors to import advanced machinery and equipment from their parent companies with no import duties.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sectors.  The AgriScience program provides funding and collaborative science support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research.  AgriInnovate provides funding to projects which advance the government’s priorities through one or more of the following areas such as the adoption of new or world-leading agricultural products, technologies or services in clean technology, automation or robotics, and precision agriculture.

The Protein Industries Supercluster focuses on evolving agricultural production with plant genomics and novel processing to satisfy growing markets for plant-based meat alternatives.  It is expected to contribute over $4.5B to Canada’s GDP over 10 years.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program provides tax credits and refunds for expenditures on eligible R&D activity in Canada. Examples include:

  • Operations research
  • Experimentation on environmentally friendly pest control regimes
  • Investments in bio-digesters to reduce methane production
  • Testing

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) bolsters business investments in Canada's most dynamic and innovative sectors. SIF Stream 4 will give up to $50 million to networks or consortia to advance digital technologies in agriculture and agri-food value chains.

The Global Skills Strategy makes it easier for businesses to attract the talent they need with fast work-permit processing, short-duration exemptions and a Dedicated Service Channel.

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