HARROW, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Canadian government is investing C$70 million, over five years, to address environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of agricultural science.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Lawrence MacAulay on Sept. 21 unveiled details of Canada’s transformational $70 million investment. Of the C$70 million investment, C$44 million is dedicated to hiring the next generation of federal research scientists and science professionals and equipping them with the tools they need to advance agricultural research, including environmental sampling equipment and analytical instruments.

MacAulay also announced a new Living Laboratories Initiative, which includes C$10 million to support collaborative research projects with external partners. Living Laboratories are an integrated approach to agricultural research that bring farmers, scientists and other stakeholders together to co-develop, test and monitor new practices and technologies on farms. The excepted outcome will be more practical technologies and sustainable farming practices adopted more quickly by Canadian farmers.

The Living Laboratories Initiative led by Canada is working to improve the resilience and sustainability of agricultural production. This Living Labs approach was presented by MacAulay at the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Argentina in July and the initiative was endorsed by ministers in attendance.

In the same spirit of collaboration, the remaining C$16 million of the C$70 million is earmarked to fund collaborative federal research projects focused on priority areas affecting the agriculture sector, such as environmental issues. With these funds, researchers will have the support to find better nutrient management solutions to ensure the health of waterways.

This C$70 million investment in research and development fulfills the budget 2017 commitment to support discovery science and innovation.