Canada’s Protein Industries Cluster

The Protein Industries Clusters, Protein Industries Canada, is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that receives funding from the Government of Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters program. Protein Industries Canada is increasing the value of key Canadian crops — such as canola, wheat and pulses — and serving growing markets in North America, Asia and Europe for plant-based food, ingredients and bioproducts. The Protein Industries Cluster brings partners together that span across the value chain, from seed genetics, to farmers, to ingredient and food processors through to consumers in Canada and around the world – all while embracing new technology to improve the sustainability and traceability of our food from field to fork. Through The Road to $25 Billion, a sector-wide strategy that aims to achieve $25 billion in annual sales from plant-based food, ingredients and bioproducts by 2035, the Cluster is helping Canada achieve economic prosperity, leading to more jobs for Canadians, and more food options and innovations.

Program Streams and Goals:

  • Genetics – Focuses on development of germplasm that aims to improve processing efficiency, quality, sensory characteristics, and the development of novel ingredients.
  • Crops – Use smart and sustainable production methods to improve on-farm sustainability and improve integration within the supply chain.
  • Ingredients – Advance the development, scaling, and optimization of plant-based ingredients.
  • Products – Focuses on the conversion of Canadian-made ingredients and co-products into consumption ready goods