about the centre
The BCCAI aims to lead the Agritech innovation globally and promote the growth and development of British Columbia's agricultural business and food sectors by introducing and commercializing novel products, procedures, and technologies. Our primary objective is to establish an innovative ecosystem that encourages collaboration, accelerates discoveries, and creates value for all stakeholders. We envision a future where B.C. is renowned for its state-of-the-art research, exceptional talent, and thriving industrial culture. Our goal is to make B.C.'s agricultural and food sector sustainable, resilient, and globally competitive. Our focus is to drive economic growth and job creation, while also supporting social and environmental sustainability and positively impacting the lives of people in our communities.
The BCCAI's mission is to accelerate innovation and commercialization of research discoveries, fostering the growth and development of British Columbia's agricultural business and food sectors. We create a dynamic and collaborative innovation ecosystem that unites industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders to drive economic development, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life in our communities. We strive to establish a supportive and vibrant ecosystem that empowers SMEs to prosper, expand, and generate employment opportunities, while also contributing to the economic growth of our communities. We strive for environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic feasibility in the sector.
Powering SMEs in BC’s agritech sector
We give SMEs in B.C.'s agritech sector a competitive edge to reach the market faster through the dynamic connections they make in our co-creation model.
Cultivating workforce growth
We offer training and agri-food literacy programs designed to rapidly upskill workers, address skills shortages and enable participation from racialized and Indigenous Peoples, women and youth in the sector.
Provincial and federal funding
The centre, launched in 2022, is generously supported by a $6.5M investment from the Province of British Columbia and a $10M investment from Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan).