Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announcing funding Niagara – July 4, 2018 – Today the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced $8.4 million in funding for the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) to fund their Agri-Science Program cluster “Fostering Sustainable Growth of the Canadian Grape and Wine sector”. Over the next five years this funding will be used for Canadian Grape and Wine research in 23 activities across all four of Canada’s grape growing provinces. The CGCN is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Conseil
Through the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster, CGCN has applied for funding under the AgriScience program led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in order to develop a strategy for best management practices in the vineyards with researchers and industry. The application was submitted January 8th, 2018 for $17 million and is currently under review with a decision to come in spring. The top research priority is the strategic management of grapevine virus diseases, to be achieved through coordination of research activities. Along with research into cold hardiness and sustainable management of soil, water and crop quality to overall improve the quality of Canadian wines.
The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Quebec Wine Council (formerly, Association des Vignerons du Quebec) and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The objective of the CGCN is to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry by ensuring a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material. The CGCN was officially incorporated February 13th 2017 with six board members representing Canada’s four grape-growing provinces. The first official board meeting of the CGCN was held February 6th 2017 where Hans Buchler, Research Coordinator for the British Columbia Wine