New Facility To Help Ontario Greenhouse Industry With Homegrown Solutions
Provincial Investment Supports Innovation in Horticulture Industry
Ontario is investing $7.2 million in the newly opened Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to help drive innovative new research and provide the province's greenhouse industry with homegrown opportunities and solutions.
Vineland's Greenhouse Technology Complex features new technologies to support and modernize horticulture, including robotics and automation, and showcases state-of-the-art lighting and thermal systems. Research in this unique, large-scale greenhouse will focus on plant breeding, and pest and disease control.
This $7.2 million-investment will help develop profitable crops that are more resilient to Ontario's climate, as well as new products and varieties of vegetables, fruits, wine and flowering plants that reflect consumers' changing preferences. The greenhouse will also help improve plant and vegetable production systems by adapting best practices to help keep production costs low.
The Vineland greenhouse facility will expedite the commercialization of innovative technologies and products coming out of innovative research. This work will help the Ontario greenhouse sector to grow export and domestic consumption of horticultural products and to market innovative new technologies to other jurisdictions. This in turn will add new, high-value jobs that will help expand economic development in Ontario.
Supporting the province's greenhouse industry is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The $2.7 billion horticulture industry in Ontario is made up of almost $1.6 billion from the greenhouse sector. Greenhouse horticulture produces significantly higher yields with greater consistency.
- There are approximately 850 greenhouse operations in Ontario, with a total area of 1,295 hectares (3,200 acres) under glass. This is more than half of the greenhouse area in Canada.
- The new greenhouse complex at Vineland will be 3,700 square metres (40,000 square feet), which is almost one full acre. This is more than twice the size of any other research greenhouse in Canada.
- Recent commercialization successes coming out of Vineland include the introduction of Pixie grapes, a one-of-kind ornamental dwarf grapevine, and the Sundown Pear, an attractive late-season fresh-market pear with good storage capability.
“By investing in projects like Vineland’s Greenhouse Technology Centre, our government is creating the foundation for constant innovation and collaboration in Ontario’s growing-agri-food sector. This facility will allow researchers, industry partners and government to come together and help build Ontario’s agri-food research capabilities, develop new products, expand economic opportunities and create jobs for the people of Ontario.”
“While the bricks and mortar footprint of this project is commendable, what sets it apart is the unique opportunity it will provide for problem solving, collaboration with our ever-widening range of partners and the commercialization of great science.”