CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA — The Canadian government announced on July 15 that funding of  C$4 million ($3,093,459) for infrastructure improvements at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) facilities in Prince Edward Island (PEI) to improve research capabilities for the agriculture sector and support its economic growth.

"Our government knows the value to these facilities not only to producers and communities here on PEI, but across Canada. These investments underscore our understanding of the importance of research in ensuring that our agriculture sector continues to grow and prosper," said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The Crops and Livestock Research Centre (CLRC) in Charlottetown will receive C$2 million, towards modernizing existing laboratory facilities to better support the research activities at the center. An additional C$2 million will go to expanding greenhouse facilities at the Harrington Research Farm to create more high-quality greenhouse space that will support the priorities of the CLRC.

In addition to C$4 million for CLRC, AAFC facilities in the Atlantic region (PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland) will receive C$1.3 million for upgrades to exhaust systems as well as repairs to roofs and roads.

These investments come from $47.5 million that AAFC received as part of the government of Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP) that helps build and renew infrastructure projects across the country