Wednesday, March 16, 2022

CAAIN invites meat-packer entries for $5 million

The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) is offering $5 million to 16 successful applicants from the Canadian meat-packing industry.

Applications are now open; decisions will be announced in the fall.

CAAIN is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton that started in 2019 with $49 million from the federal and Alberta governments.

The applications must include at least two small or medium-sized plants; Statistics Canada’s definition of fewer than 499 employees will apply.

The money is intended to stimulate interest and investment in automation at meat-packing plants. 

The Canadian Meat Council has been lobbying hard for several years to convince the federal government to allow meat-packers to employ more temporary foreign workers to fill vacant positions.