Knowlesville, NB 24 February 2017
Sweet Times: Investing in New Brunswick’s Growing Maple Syrup Industry
Government support helps establish two new maple syrup operations and expand three others.
With the maple syrup season in New Brunswick fast approaching, South Ridge Maple Co. Ltd, Knowlesville’s newest maple syrup operation, today celebrated the grand opening of its sugarbush facility.
TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac took part in the celebrations, and announced federal government support for South Ridge Maple, as well as four other maple syrup operations in the region.
MP Harvey, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced Government of Canada repayable contributions of more than $1.4 million for five projects through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP).
Two projects will help establish new maple syrup operations, namely South Ridge Maple and Maple View Sugar in Maple View. Three other projects will enable RDB Sugary and MCC Maple, both located in Johnville, as well as North Side Maple Grove in Drummond, to expand their operations. The projects consist mainly of adding new taps, installing tubular and other specialized maple syrup processing equipment, as well as electrical power.
These projects build on the Government of Canada’s and the Province of New Brunswick’s commitment to work together to drive economic growth in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential, growing innovation ecosystem, and skilled workforce.
“The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadian businesses grow, innovate and participate in a global economy so that they can create good quality jobs and generate wealth for Canadians. That is why we are making strategic investments in industries that contribute to the economic development of our regions, such as the growing maple syrup industry.”
-Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“Today’s funding is helping maple syrup producers in our province adopt new technologies that will make them more productive, more globally competitive and world leaders in the industry. I am pleased that the Government of Canada is doing its part to support this growing sector that is helping to diversify the economy in addition to creating and maintaining more jobs right here in our region.”
-TJ Harvey, MP for Tobique – MactaquacTJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac
“South Ridge Maple Co. Ltd. is pleased to have support from ACOA in the form of a repayable contribution through its business development program. Having programs such as these available for Atlantic Canadians helps to ensure business development, growth and permanent employment in rural communities like Juniper NB.”
-Zakary Hargrove P.Eng, President, South Ridge Maple Co. Ltd.
- New Brunswick is the third largest producer of maple syrup in the world.
- The New Brunswick maple syrup industry produces 1.8 million kilograms of syrup every year which is sold in the province and in global markets.
- During sugar season, the New Brunswick maple syrup industry creates approximately 2,300 full time seasonal jobs.
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For more information and complete eligibility requirements for ACOA, visit the links below or contact the office of TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament: TJ.Harvey@parl.gc.ca 1.800.671.6160 / 506.392.5807.
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