Niagara College has received $678,510 from the Government of Canada’s Colleges Industry Innovation Fund for its Niagara Food, Culinary and Beverage Innovation Centre.
The funding, administered through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, will support the construction of new labs within NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute to accommodate applied research projects in food science. The applied research projects taking place within the centre are being carried out in partnerships between Niagara Research and private companies including MADD Virgin Drinks, Criveller Company Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort, Kurtz Orchards and Olson Food Concepts. The research will help raw ingredient producers develop value-added products, improve production and cooking methods, and explore new marketing concepts. Niagara College researchers will work with food product producers to develop new products, find new uses for existing products, and explore creative packaging to increase revenue.
“This investment strengthens our ability to help local food companies and producers innovate and bring new products and processes to market, as well as give our students an opportunity to learn in leading-edge facilities,” said Dr. Marc Nantel, Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation. “This support is also recognition of Niagara College’s position as a leader in culinary education and in applied research.”
Niagara College’s project was one of 17 to receive funding from the CIIF on May 22.
“Canadian colleges are lending their expertise to local companies, helping them to compete and grow,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “The CFI is ensuring that colleges have in place specialized facilities to support their role as important hubs of economic growth and job creation.”
The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.