The Industrial Program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre (RDC) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, fosters innovation in the area of food research and helps agri-food companies with small-scale food processing and testing needs.
The program provides clients with direct access to various services.
Overview: Pilot plants
The pilot plants offer clients the latest equipment and a versatile research and development environment.
Through the Industrial Program, companies can lease multi-functional pilot plants and take advantage of a full range of food processing equipment and the support of experienced technologists. The equipment inventory also includes an irradiator for research and the use of agri-food companies wishing to decontaminate their products.
Overview: Sensory evaluation services
The sensory evaluation services offer a full range of tools to collect high-level sensory data in order to meet the expectations of food companies.
This versatility offers great flexibility of use, which is essential for any research and development activity. The program allows clients to process different food products, such as milk (cow, goat, etc.) and dairy products, meat products, fruits and vegetables, cereals and other food ingredients, but also to test the characteristics through sensory evaluation of finished products.
Overview: Information retrieval service
A team of information specialists supports clients with information retrieval needs. The program provides access to an extensive collection of print and electronic materials.
Other facilities and services
Additional facilities and services are available under certain conditions. Please contact a service manager for more information.
- Four Mini Plants including services, office, warehouse and workroom (business incubation)
- High security industrial offices
- Microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, physiology and chemical analysis laboratories
- Collaboration with an AAFC researcher
- Library and access to scientific and commercial databases
- Amphitheatre with 94 seats equipped with a multimedia projector and a sound system
- Conference room and meeting rooms
To become a client, your project must be evaluated to ensure it is feasible in our facilities.
Once the evaluation is complete, you will be contacted by the program to discuss your project’s feasibility. If your project is feasible, the appropriate service manager will send you the registration and client account creation forms. As well, the service manager or a plant technologist will send you a cost estimate to complete and submit before the project begins.
|Description||Hourly cost ($)|
|Support: Technologist / Research Assistant||34.46|
|Information retrieval services||Free|
Access time is calculated based on the actual time the equipment and facilities are used and excludes time used for consultation and protocol preparation. In the event that a project carried out in the factory does not exceed 4 hours of work, a minimum fee of 4 hours of access will be invoiced for any contract signed from April 1, 2023.
Supplemental charges directly related to a project (such as photocopies, supplies or equipment cleaning, consumables) are charged at the cost actually incurred by the RDC.
This fee schedule is subject to change without notice.
The program’s goal is to achieve our service standards a minimum of 80% of the time, under normal circumstances:
- Respond to general inquiries made by phone or email by the end of the next business day
- Acknowledge receipt of your application within one (1) business day
- Assess your application and sending you an approval or a rejection notification within 10 business day.
For more information on the Industrial Program and to access services, please contact the appropriate service area:
- Pilot plant services
Email the Pilot Plant Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sensory evaluation services
Email the Sensory Evaluation Services Manager: email@example.com
- Information retrieval services
Email the Information Services Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 450-768-7999
Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
3600 Casavant Boulevard West
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