Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program helps agri-food companies with small-scale food processing and testing needs and fosters innovation in the area of food research.

Objectives

Helps agri-food companies with small-scale food processing and testing needs and fosters innovation in the area of food research.

Program Delivery

The Centre's facilities, located in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, provide clients with direct access to sophisticated equipment and a versatile Research & Development (R&D) environment. Through the Industrial Program, companies can lease multifunctional pilot plants and access a full range of food processing equipment, as well as support, from experienced technologists. Various fees apply. Equipment can be adapted, moved or even modified to respond to clients' needs. This versatility ensures a great deal of flexibility which is crucial for successful R&D. Through the Industrial Program, clients can process various commodities, such as milk (cow, goat, etc.) and dairy products, meat products, fruits and vegetables, cereals, and other food ingredients. Past clients of the Industrial Program have successfully developed a variety of food products.

Also available at the Centre through INITIA (in French only) (formally the Governor's Foundation) are extensive information retrieval and analysis services, lists of food processing consultants and lists of analytical laboratories (in French only).

Note: These lists should not be considered an endorsement by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for those services or firms.

Check out the Industrial Program video to see how the Industrial Program can become your secret ingredient for success.

To access the facilities, fill out and sign the application form. If you are a new client or a client who has not done business with AAFC in the past two years, you must also fill out a client account application form. The Manager, Integrated Services and Industrial Program or a technical co-ordinator will contact you in order to prepare a contractual agreement prior to the beginning of the project.

Service Standards

Our goal is to achieve our service standards a minimum of 80% of the time under normal circumstances:

  • Respond to general inquiries made to our phone number or email address before the end of the next business day
  • Acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 business day
  • Assess your application and send you an approval or a rejection decision notification within 10 business days

Contact Information

For more information about the Industrial Program, or to access the facilities and equipment, please contact us at:

Email: industrial-program@agr.gc.ca
Telephone: 450-768-7896
Facsimile: 450-768-7851
TDD/TTY: 613-773-2600

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