New $30M genomics initiative to reduce carbon footprint and support economic growth of Canadian agriculture and food systems


Genome Canada’s challenge-driven genomics initiative will support climate change mitigation and adaptation through strategic investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems.

Launched, May 12, 2022, the Genome Canada-led Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems initiative will invest $30 million in cutting-edge genomic research and innovation to reduce the carbon footprint of Canada’s food production systems.


Building on 20 years of impact, this major new initiative will mobilize the collective strengths of the Canadian Genomics Enterprise—comprised of Genome Canada and six independent regional Genome Centres across the country—and the Canadian genomics research and innovation ecosystem. With co-funding from partners, this will mean a $60 million genomics investment to help Canada strengthen climate change resilience and achieve a net-zero carbon future.