Economic Development Regina launched an agricultural and food innovation strategy for Regina with the goal of becoming an agricultural and food hub for Canada and the world.
This strategy will make the Greater Regina area known as a place of opportunity to start, grow, attract and expand agribusiness. With access to a skilled and well-trained workforce and expertise, we help the sector reach its full potential. It has critical infrastructure and supports sector growth. And GRA will make this sector a sustainable, innovative, competitive and resilient agricultural powerhouse.
“Regina’s agriculture and food opportunity is incredible – and it’s outstanding to see this group of leaders come together to create a strategy that will stake our claim as a global leader,” says Mayor Sandra Masters, City of Regina. “This is enormously impactful for our city and residents, and I am looking forward to the future growth of our agri-food and agribusiness community here in Regina.”
Led by an Ag and Food Steering Committee of leaders from across Regina’s agriculture and food sector who were appointed by EDR’s board, the strategy sets short-, mid- and long-term objectives that will have a positive impact on the GRA for generations to come.
“Ag and food represent an important multi-sectoral opportunity for the GRA economy,” said Kyle Jeworski, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee. “The strategy is founded on our region’s traditional strength and highly respected global reputation in primary agriculture and envisions an economically and environmentally sustainable ag and food cluster for the GRA.“
Co-Chair Dr. Gina Grandy agrees, adding “We are building on our natural strengths to create new opportunities and a new path forward for businesses and residents alike; a win-win for everyone in the GRA.”
With a $1.7 billion investment announcement, Canada’s first venture capital firm Agtech Accelerator was launched in 2021 both Viterra and Cargill announced the construction of a canola crusher, and Red Leaf Pulp announced the construction of Canada’s first woodless pulp plant. Did. In addition, Emmertech has 45 million people.
Regina is surrounded by more than 80% of Canada’s farmland and is already home to the best agricultural producers in the world. The GRA possesses a strong trade infrastructure, numerous anchor firms, a diverse talent pool, and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem that together, creates a strong foundation for continuing growth and success. The real opportunity for the GRA is building on this already robust agricultural economy by driving innovation and sustainability, resulting in new end uses for crops and expanding the value-added processing chain.
“Our vision to be an agriculture and food hub for the world is ambitious – and achievable,” said John Lee, President and CEO of Economic Development Regina. “We already have the ingredients to make it happen and now it’s time to bring the vision to life.”