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

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Industrial Program temporarily stopped its activities and closed the Pilot Plant in March, 2020.

The Industrial Program and associated Pilot Plant remain an important part of our departmental efforts to support the food processing industry. The Department recognizes that increasing access to our worksites is an important step to advancing our science priorities.

As such, we have begun the gradual resumption of a limited number of activities while maintaining the health and safety of our employees and clients. The Industrial Program and associated Pilot Plant clients will be notified when the centre is able to welcome them into the facilities safely.

For questions or comments, please contact aafc.programmeindustriel-industrialprogram.aac@canada.ca; 450-768-7999.

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. (Watch the Industrial Program video)

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 including service of sensory analysis. 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.

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.

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Fee schedule

Industrial Program access and support fees
Description Hourly cost ($)
Access $43.78
Support: Scientific $65.68
Support: Professional $41.70
Support: Technical $31.27

Service Standards

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

Contact Information

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

Email: aafc.programmeindustriel-industrialprogram.aac@canada.ca
Telephone: 450-768-7999
TDD/TTY: 613-773-2600


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