Nov 10, 2017 - 10 months ago
By Supply Post
Agricultural trade is an important driver of economic growth in Canada. On average, about half of the value of Canada’s agricultural production is exported. The Government of Canada is making targeted investments to help achieve its objective of expanding agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025.
Today, the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) President and CEO, Mark Allan, toured several funding partners through the new $37-million International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina – which was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Growing Forward 2 agreement.
The Centre will be the largest interconnected event complex in Canada, allowing the agricultural sector to showcase its world-class products to domestic and international audiences.
The now-completed International Trade Centre at Evraz Place – which will open its doors to the world later this month – is hosting its first major agricultural event, Canadian Western Agribition, from November 20-25, an event that attracts more than 120,000 visitors annually, including guests from 75 countries.
"Canada is the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world. Across our economy, the agri-food sector is driving growth and high-skilled employment. Our government strongly supports the sector and is proud to open the new International Trade Centre at Evraz Place, which will help showcase high-quality Canadian products to domestic and international audiences."
- Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and MP for Regina-Wascana
"The new facility will further enhance events that contribute to our provincial economy, including shows integral to Saskatchewan’s agricultural industry which highlight our high quality livestock and innovative farm implements to an international audience. We are pleased to see the International Trade Centre open for business.”
- Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture
“The International Trade Centre is an excellent example of the strong partnership and collaboration between the City of Regina, the Province of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada. The additional investment by the private sector partners demonstrates key local partnerships. While the ITC provides a new home for Agribition and Canada’s Farm Progress Show the facility is multi-purpose and flexible in attracting other events throughout the year.”
- Michael Fougere, Mayor of the City of Regina
"Facilities of this calibre are imperative to attracting new event business and visitors to a city. We are delighted to be part of building our city as a stronger event hosting destination.”
- Tracy Fahlman, President and CEO, Regina Hotel Association
“We are truly grateful to all the funding partners, at all levels of government, who have made this facility a reality. Agribition is an international marketplace; an event that most producers can’t afford to miss. To have facilities that give those producers the tools to succeed means everything to us and to them.”
- Bruce Holmquist, President, Canadian Western Agribition
“Redevelopment of the property’s west side was a key part of our long-term vision for a renewed and modernized Evraz Place, along with other major improvements over the last decade. With the addition of this facility and others like The Co-operators Centre, EventPlex and Mosaic Stadium, Evraz Place has evolved into the community’s go-to place for sport, business and entertainment.”
- Mark Allan, REAL President and CEO
• Funding for construction of the International Trade Centre included:
o $22 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Growing Forward 2 agreement (Trade and Market Development Infrastructure Program)
o $11 million from the City of Regina
o $3 million from the Regina Hotels Association and
o $1 million from Canadian Western Agribition