Cowichan Food Processing Action Plan

Economic Development Cowichan

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$6,000
Investment Agriculture Fund:$32,875
Economic Development Cowichan:$6,625
Total Budget: $45,500
Quick Facts: 

More than fifty years ago, Vancouver Island produced about 90% of the food it consumed. Today, the Island only supplies 10% of its food needs. 

As one of the Island’s top food-producing regions, the Cowichan Valley has been proactive in looking into new and innovative strategies to support and grow the agri-food sector. In 2014, an ICET supported strategy provided recommendations to advance food processing and food security in the region. This led to initiatives such as an Incubator Seed Farm, Food Recovery Program and Land Match Program.

Led by Economic Development Cowichan, in partnership with the Small Scale Food Processors Association, this project takes the next step by consulting with regional food processors, beverage-sector producers, education and health institutions to quantify demand for local food inputs and identify production and processing that could be provided locally. Consultations will also inform infrastructure needs required to expand local food processing -- such as future development of a quality assurance facility or shared processing centre.

To be completed in Spring 2020, the Food Processing Action Plan will help producers and processors identify opportunities for value-added processing, and stimulate new production partnerships within the Cowichan Valley. The project will also determine the supports required for small producers to access larger markets, such as the institutional sector or large grocery chains, maximizing regional opportunities for food production, processing and distribution.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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