Protein Industries Canada (PIC) will start accepting "expression of interest" applications today for its new Artificial Intelligence Program. 

The industry continues to see a need for the adoption and use of artificial intelligence with its growth in Canada's  plant-based food, feed and ingredients sector.

The program was launched in 2022 and is focused on working with agri-food companies in the development of AI technology for their business.

The first round of applications saw a steady flow of intake, and projects which are currently under review for approval.

PIC CEO Bill Gruel says artificial intelligence technology has the potential to make our sector more efficient and more sustainable.

"As companies across Canada look towards how they can incorporate new forms of this valuable technology into their toolkits, it’s important they 
have the knowledge, skills and support in place that helps them adopt and implement it properly. Our Artificial Intelligence Program is one way of helping make that happen."

With the proper data strategies and partners in place, companies can use AI to address challenges related to ingredient development, process optimization and recipe 

Information on how to apply for the AI project is available here.

Protein Industries Canada will close applications for the Artificial Intelligence Program on Febuary 15, 2023.