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June 17, 2020
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Canada’s fish and seafood sector is essential to our collective food security and our economy. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians and businesses, the need to promote Canadian food products at home and abroad has never been greater.
Today, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, together with participating provinces and territories, re-opened the Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund (CFSOF) to support the industry in accessing new consumer markets.
Launched in 2018, the CFSOF is a national cost-sharing federal, provincial and territorial program that helps the fish and seafood sector address new market-access issues and identify branding opportunities, in order to maximize the value of Canada’s world-class fish and seafood.
To reflect the needs of our partners, applicants will now have the chance to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the CFSOF at any time, making the program more nimble and adaptable to changing circumstances brought on by COVID-19. Eligible applicants who meet the principles, criteria, and objectives of the program will then be invited to submit a full proposal following the EOI stage.
We continue to work with our provincial and territorial funding partners, Indigenous partners, and stakeholders, to help guide investment priorities, and identify opportunities and potential partnerships under CFSOF. Through this collaboration, we will leverage and promote Canada’s brand and reputation for producing high quality, legally and sustainably sourced fish and seafood products to both domestic and international consumers.
“Canada’s fish and seafood sector is the driving force behind coastal communities, and an integral part of our country’s economy. The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund is another tool to help this industry adapt to changing consumer demand, build new markets, and maintain a foothold internationally. The new continuous intake process is more straightforward, responsive, and adaptable to industry needs, especially during these uncertain times. Canada has high-quality, world-class seafood and we will continue to find new ways to help promote the industry, their products, and support the women and men in our fisheries.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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