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Speeches

WDP Funding Announcement - Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre

April 11, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Notes for an address by

The Honourable Lynne Yelich
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Funding Announcement

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Thank you, Rob.

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a pleasure to be here today on behalf of our Government for this important announcement.

Our Government recognizes that Canada’s economic competitiveness increasingly depends on knowledge and innovation. By driving innovation in our advanced technology sectors, we can help generate high-value jobs and economic growth in our communities.

Canadian malt and malting barley industries face the challenge of increased competition as well as new international standards for malting barley quality and processing capabilities. Right here in Winnipeg, the Canadian Malting Barely Technical Centre, or CMBTC, is working to maintain the competitive advantage of Canada’s malt and malting barley products over those from Europe and Australia.

At the same time, the Centre is striving to secure new markets while facing the challenge of new suppliers, like Argentina and Ukraine. By enabling this sector to continue to succeed and thrive in a globally competitive environment, we can help ensure it continues to contribute to a stronger and more diverse western Canadian economy.

That is why I am pleased to announce today that our Government, through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), has invested $82,000 in support of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre. The project is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of Western Canada’s malt and malting barley industry in the international marketplace.

This will be done by:

  • Improving the Centre’s testing capacity, the timeliness of obtaining test results, and the responsiveness to the needs of brewers and producers;
  • Increasing international markets for Canadian malt and malting barley; and
  • Increasing the demand for CMBTC’s services nationally and internationally.

This investment will allow the CMBTC to purchase and commission specialized equipment to allow for more complex testing and analysis of malt and malting barley required to meet increased international standards for beer quality.

Today’s funding builds on a previous WD investment to the CMBTC for the purchase of analytical equipment. It is important to note that, while the equipment will be located in Winnipeg, this initiative supports the strategic development and diversification of the value-added barley crop industries across Western Canada. Western Canadian barley is recognized worldwide for its quality, and this project will help ensure that Canada remains at the forefront of this industry.

Economic growth and job creation remain our Government’s top priority, which is exactly what this investment in the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre will achieve.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan takes important steps to improve the ability of businesses and entrepreneurs to respond to growth opportunities and create jobs.

By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Projects like this are vital to building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.

Thank you. Merci.