The Manitoba Protein Advantage

Global demand for plant and animal protein is increasing, providing economic opportunities for farmers, processors and communities in Manitoba.

Manitoba produces and processes some of the world’s finest and most sustainable plant and animal protein. Explore our quality protein sources and invest in protein innovation.


Are you interested in learning more about top market opportunities, industry trends and innovation in the plant protein industry? Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, Protein Industries Canada, Burcon NutraScience Corporation, the Food Development Centre and the Good Food Institute have partnered to deliver a webinar and panel discussion on Plant Protein - Opportunities, Trends and InnovationsJoin us Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 10:00 am CST. Click here to register.

Learn more about how Manitoba entrepreneurs and businesses with innovative animal and plant protein products will compete in the first Manitoba Protein Challenge.

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Recent Investments in Manitoba’s Protein Industry

  • $2.5 million by Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to support new technologies in Merit Functional Foods' new state of the art 94,000-sq.-ft. plant protein production facility in Winnipeg 
  • $600 million by Roquette to construct the world’s largest pea protein processing facility in Portage la Prairie
  • $212.5 million by Hylife Foods to expand pork processing (Neepawa) and feed and pig production (southwestern Manitoba)
  • $102 million by Merit Functional Foods to construct a pea and canola protein processing facility in Rosser
  • $100 million by MDI Holdings Inc. to construct a dairy processing facility in Winnipeg
  • $50 million by Parmalat to construct a fluid milk plant in Winnipeg
  • $93.7 million by Paterson GlobalFoods to construct an oat processing plant in Winnipeg

Latest News 

October 8, 2020: Province Announces Conservation Trust, Grow Trust and Wetlands Grow Trust Now Accepting Proposals 

September 30, 2020: Province Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Agricultural Crown Land Program Modernization

September 25, 2020: Government of Canada and Manitoba Announce Creation of New Protein Research Strategy for Manitoba

August 17, 2020: Governments of Canada and Manitoba Announce $2.5 million to support Merit Functional Foods

February 18, 2020: Province Invests in Clean Wastewater Infrastructure for Portage la Prairie

February 7, 2020: Province Launching Research Project to Reduce Wildlife Predation of Livestock

February 4, 2020: Province Undertaking Forage Insurance Review

January 21, 2020: Province Creates New Protein Consortium to Further Manitoba's Protein Advantage Strategy

December 17, 2019: Province Launces Inaugural Manitoba Protein Challenge 

September 19, 2019: Manitoba Holds First Manitoba Protein Summit