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Feds award $11.5M for Saskatchewan companies to scale up


A number of manufacturers are among 11 Saskatchewan projects recently awarded over $11.5 million in federal funding.

On June 3, Western Economic Diversification Canada announced $11,513,951 for the following projects under the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program:

Avena Foods Limited
Rowatt, SK
$2,500,000 to establish a new oat processing line to meet growing demand

Blue Sky Hemp Ventures Ltd.
Saskatoon, SK
$749,115 for a facility upgrade to scale-up hemp oil pressing and CBD oil refining

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Brandt Industries Canada Ltd.
Regina, SK
$4,269,889 to purchase, install and commission state-of-the-art equipment for automated laser metal cutting, material handling, and metal forming

Heads Up Plant Protectants (607696 Saskatchewan Ltd.)
Saskatoon, SK
$560,000 to establish a processing line for novel biological seed treatment

North Star Systems Inc.
Saskatoon, SK
$400,000 to procure hardware and grow market for remote tank monitoring products

Saskarc Inc.
Oxbow, SK
$837,500 to establish robotic assembly and welding capacity to meet market demand

The non-manufacturing projects were for Curbie Cars Inc., Offstreet Technology Inc., Retail Innovation Labs Inc., Salon Scale Technology Inc., and SkillShark Software Inc.