July 26, 2019 – Morell, Prince Edward Island – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate
Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister
of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced over $971,000 in funding to Jasper Wyman
& Son Canada Inc. under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInnovate Program.
Minister MacAulay also announced an additional repayable contribution of $500,000
from the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency's Business Development Program on behalf
of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
This funding will be used to install new equipment to more efficiently and precisely
sort produce, while removing up to 99% of defective berries. The project will help
Jasper Wyman & Son Canada Inc. grow exports and sales, increase processing capacity,
reduce water and energy consumption and hire additional staff.
The Government of Prince Edward Island will provide a $194,000 grant through Innovation
PEI to assist with the project.
"Canada's producers and food processors are vitally important to our economy. The
Government of Canada recognizes the importance of innovative technologies and approaches
to staying on the cutting edge. By investing in important projects like this one
at Jasper Wyman & Son, we are making sure that Canada's agricultural sector continues
to grow and prosper." The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture
"Companies like Jasper Wyman are working hard to bring innovative practices and
techniques to their operations, ensuring they can bring their world class products
to kitchen tables across the country, and jobs to Prince Edward Island. The government
is proud to support projects that keep the processing sector on the cutting-edge."
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay – Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister
of National Defence
"Our primary producers are the engine that drives the Prince Edward Island economy
and Jasper Wyman & Son are one of the anchors of our blueberry industry. They provide
a major boost to the local economy and important employment for the region. This
project will put the company on the cutting edge of sorting technology and will
improve efficiency for the operation." The Honourable Matthew MacKay – Prince Edward
Island Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
"The Wyman's family would like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency and the Government of Prince Edward Island for their
continued support of our quest to expand wild blueberry exports and create high-paying
jobs in Canada. This investment will be used to fund state-of-the-art processing
technology that will enhance our ability to meet ever-increasing global customer
demands for exceptional quality. Through strong collaboration with both the federal
and provincial governments, we have been able to continuously research and test
innovative processing technologies in an attempt to deliver the highest quality
wild blueberry product in the industry." Robert Mancini, VP and Chief Financial
Officer, Jasper Wyman & Son
- In 2018 blueberries were Canada's most valuable fruit export making up 58% of total
fruit exports with a farm gate value of over $243 million.
- Jasper Wyman & Son Canada Inc., including its parent company, makes up the second
largest supplier of wild blueberries in the world. The company farms approximately
1,200 acres of wild blueberries in Canada.
- ACOA's Business Development Program (BDP) helps small and medium-sized enterprises
and co-operatives start, expand or modernize their businesses by providing access
to capital in the form of interest-free repayable assistance.
- The AgriInnovate Program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim
to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative
products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness