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Following is a highlight of Federal Budget 2019 announcements as they relate to the food and beverage manufacturing sector: LABOUR

Labour Pilot - To help the agri-food sector meet export targets and attract and retain needed labour, a 3-Year immigration pilot to bring in full-time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency (no further details provided).

Underrepresented Groups: $5.0 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to Employment and Social Development Canada to develop a...

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Millennials and Gen Z account for the fastest growing consumer segment today, currently estimated at more than 25% of all consumers, but they stand apart due to their unique purchasing behaviors. This not only affects your marketing efforts, but also your relationships with brokers, distributors, and customers.

At this Breakfast Series, experts from Crew Marketing and Nielsen will share their expertise of Millennials and Gen Z, with data, examples, and insights to help you better understand how to develop effective marketing strategies. As well, leaders throughout the value chain...

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We are excited to share the news that the 2019 UBC Farm Saturday Farmers’ Market is now open for vendor applications! Many local food businesses have benefited from our market’s support, which includes a 50% discount for new businesses and regular marketing tips provided by the Feeding Growth program to market vendors. More information below!

Read the 2019 Vendor Guidelines here

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B.C. LEAN FOR FOOD PROCESSORS PROGRAM

The B.C. Lean for Food Processors Program supports specialized business skill development to enable processors to make more informed decisions, improve production capacity, labour productivity and strengthen their business. Full program support for successful applicants will provide up to $8,000 for services from a Qualified Business Consultant. Successful applicants are required to pay $500 upfront to the Qualified Business Consultant.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES Research and Development Inventory Management Quality...
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We are developing an exciting new initiative: a BC Food Innovation Network . The Network, once completed, will provide food, beverage and natural health products manufacturers in BC with tools, resources and expertise to innovate and commercialize products to grow their business. BC is the ONLY province in Canada that does not have a resource like this!

The BC Ministry of Agriculture (“The Ministry”) in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and industry partners, are in the process of developing a Food Hub Network, consisting of a Core Food Innovation Centre...

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