The Canadian federal government is investing $2.6 million to help poultry producers in western Canada develop vaccines and increase production capabilities. The money, from the government's Western Economic Diversification ministry, will be combined with support from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and given to the one-year-old Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies. 

"Our government is committed to ensuring that Western Canada's agricultural sector has the resources and opportunities to succeed in the global economy and continue creating jobs for Canadians," said Michelle Rempel, minister of state for western economic diversification. "We are proud to invest in new technologies that strengthen the productivity and international competitiveness of the western Canadian poultry industry."

The federal government's money will enable the Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies to purchase and install specialized equipment needed to establish and operate a technology innovation and commercialization center. This center will develop, produce and commercialize vaccines and other health-related products. It will also provide western Canadian poultry producers with enhanced access to advanced diagnostic services, vaccine development and production capabilities, according to news reports.

The Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies was formed in 2012 by industry stakeholders and is a not-for-profit body. Its purpose is to research new and cost-saving poultry health technologies that will help prepare for disease outbreaks, reduce costs and improve product quality.