Government of Canada invests over $1.7 million to increase seafood exports to international markets

VANCOUVER, BC – Canada’s sustainable, high-quality fish and seafood products are known around the world. Today, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced more than $1.7 million in funding for six projects aimed at increasing seafood exports to international markets.

Producers rely on exporting to stay sustainable and well positioned for the future. The fish and seafood sector is an integral part of the economic and social fabric of hundreds of coastal communities, generating $8.7 billion in quality seafood exports annually. By investing in tools that help increase trade and expand markets, Canadian seafood products will reach consumers around the world, while providing valuable economic benefits to the country.

The funding provided to the six recipients under the AgriMarketing program will help organizations market and promote Canadian fish and seafood products to increase the growth of the sector. Recipient organizations include:

  • The Atlantic Groundfish Council will receive up to $85,506
  • The Canadian Association of Shrimp Producers will receive up to $1,000,000
  • The Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation will receive up to $54,401
  • The Canadian Pacific Association Kazunoko will receive up to $451,061
  • The Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association will receive up to $81,444
  • The Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association will receive up to $105,431

The global demand for high quality, sustainably sourced fish and seafood is growing at an incredible rate. The Government of Canada is committed to further supporting the promotion of the Canadian fish and seafood sector to meet the growing demand for our world-class products.Estimate

“Canadian seafood products are sought after around the world because of their high quality. As an economic driving force for many coastal and rural communities, the sector plays a key role in building resilient food systems. Through strategic investments for organizations to promote our seafood products internationally, our government is helping to grow our economy while putting nutritious food on our tables.
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Families rely on sustainable Canadian seafood as a source of healthy protein. I focus on growing the Canadian fish and seafood sector for the next generation. The AgriMarketing program will provide the Canadian seafood industry with the tools it needs to promote high-quality Canadian products to reach new global markets and support a stable food supply for the world.
– The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardFast facts

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year (2018-2023) $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • The AgriMarketing Program, a federally funded program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, aims to increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize domestic market opportunities through promotional activities industry-led initiatives that differentiate Canadian products and producers and leverage Canada’s reputation as a producer of quality, safe food.
  • Canada exported fish and seafood products to 119 countries in 2021.
  • The United States remains Canada’s largest export market, accounting for over two-thirds of our $6.2 billion in exports.

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