A brand-new poultry research center in Elora will receive $13.5 million in funding from the government of Ontario. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Government of Ontario, the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), and the four boards of the province’s poultry industry to invest in the new Ontario Poultry Research Centre to advance research and encourage innovation in the poultry industry.
Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson stated, “As part of the Grow Ontario Strategy, our government is focused on enhancing our research and innovation capabilities across the agri-food sector.” When finished, this research center will give our poultry industry the tools and knowledge it needs to stay competitive, create jobs, grow the economy, and ensure supply chain security.
At this facility, Ontario-led agri-food research on meat quality and safety, animal reproduction, nutrition, and welfare will all be supported. In order to encourage the adoption of novel animal and on-farm production practices that are safer, healthier, and more effective, the findings will be shared with poultry farmers and the wider poultry industry.
The cutting-edge research and cutting-edge technologies that will be housed on-site will benefit Ontario’s poultry industry, which includes over 1,200 producers of chicken, turkey, and eggs across the province. Construction on the new center is expected to begin in 2024 and be finished by 2026.
The government of Ontario is prioritizing made-in-Ontario research and innovation by investing in the province’s research infrastructure, which helps businesses grow, creates jobs, and strengthens the economy.