Through a $30 million commitment under the Government of Canada’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS), Protein Industries Canada is launching a new stream of programming that will co-invest in collaborative projects that use artificial intelligence to help grow Canada’s plant-based food, feed and ingredients ecosystem efficiently and sustainably.
According to Protein Industries Canada: “The adoption of new technology, particularly technology that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning, can lead to significant benefits across Canada’s plant-based ecosystem. New technology allows companies to scale their operations, helping Canada’s plant-based sector grow to achieve the goals set out in The Road to $25 Billion and strengthening Canada’s economy. At the same time, the increased use of artificial intelligence technology boosts the already significant environmental benefits offered by Canada’s plant-based protein sector, helping the country reach its net-zero goals.”
The potential uses of artificial intelligence technology range significantly, from food formulation and recipe development to food safety analysis and quality assurance, to using consumer data to drive product innovation. By working proactively to determine how best AI technology can support companies across Canada’s plant-based ecosystem to optimize their operations, Protein Industries Canada can help them scale up their businesses and become more competitive in the plant-based market.
The Artificial Intelligence Program’s first round of project intakes is open from Sept. 14, 2022, to Oct. 26, 2022; the second round of intakes will open in early 2023.