Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (2008-2013)

Purpose and Results of Program

The overall goal of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) was to catalyze aquaculture industry investment from the private sector, as well as other sectors, that:

  • Improve the competitiveness of the Canadian aquaculture industry by encouraging an aquaculture sector that continuously develops and adopts innovative technologies and management techniques to enhance its global competitiveness and environmental performance;
  • Position Canadian aquaculture products as having high value in the marketplace based on their environmental performance, traceability, and other considerations.

These goals contributed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans strategic outcomes of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems. Contribution funding under AIMAP was intended to enable recipients to plan, manage and complete projects that achieve these strategic outcomes.

The AIMAP included a nationally competitive process with called for proposals issued on an annual basis, and based on priorities established in consultation with provinces, territories and sector stakeholders. The 2008-2013 program focused on one-year projects with demonstrable industry-wide benefits implemented by the end of the project.

Under this program a maximum of $4.5 million in departmental contribution funds was available each year to support innovation initiatives, and a maximum of $200,000 in departmental contribution funds was available each year to support market access initiatives.

Over the five years of the program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada contributed $23.2 million to 163 projects with a total project value of $ 113.1 million. For more information, please consult:

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