The federal agriculture department is giving $4.5 million for five projects that will improve plastic waste management, on-farm sustainability and bioplastics research.
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement with Cleanfarms, a national non-profit industry stewardship organization.
Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million to develop a strategy to responsibly manage the estimated 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated on Canadian farms every year.
There will also be projects to help Canadian farmers “remain leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture”.
“Our government is also investing over $2 million under innovations solutions Canada,” added Bibeau. “These funds will support advance testing for more sustainability-produced mulch for Canada’s agriculture sector.”