Regional food processing and innovation hubs in B.C.
Through the BC Food Hub Network, there are currently regional food processing and innovation hubs (‘food hubs’) operating or under development in twelve communities in B.C.
Commissary Connect - Vancouver (Opened February 2019)
Commissary Connect operates the Network’s pilot and demonstration site, located on Laurel Street in Vancouver. The facility is open 24/7 and provides local processors with access to a HACCP-ready facility. View Commissary Connect's website for more information.
Plenty & Grace - Surrey (Opened July 2020)
Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre (Plenty & Grace), located in Surrey, serves Fraser Valley plant-based food processors. View Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre’s website for more information.
The Dock+ - Port Alberni (Opened July 2020)
The Dock+, led by the City of Port Alberni and the Port Alberni Port Authority, serves shellfish, finfish, seaweed and terrestrial processors on Vancouver Island. View TheDock+’s website for more information.
Sprout Kitchen - Quesnel (Opening 2021)
Sprout Kitchen Regional Food Hub and Business Incubator (Sprout Kitchen), led by the City of Quesnel, will offer business incubator and food testing services to food processors. View Sprout Kitchen’s website for more information.
Zest Commercial Food Hub - Salmon Arm (Opening 2021)
Zest Commercial Food Hub, led by the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, will offer regional food and agriculture businesses access to shared food and beverage processing space, equipment and services.
Cowichan Valley Food Hub – Cowichan Valley (Opening 2021)
Cowichan Valley Food Hub, led by the Cowichan Green Community Society, will offer a commercial teaching kitchen, processing kitchen and aggregation space to local food producers and processors.
Thompson-Nicola Food Hub - Kamloops (Opening 2021)
Thompson-Nicola Food Hub, led by the Kamloops Food Policy Council, will help local businesses in Kamloops access shared commercial kitchens and a training centre for food and beverage processing.
Capital Region Food Hub - Victoria (Opening 2021)
Capital Region Food Hub, led by the Victoria Community Food Hub Society, will offer a shared processing and packaging facility and aggregation space to local processors and producers.
Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub - Abbotsford (Opening 2021)
Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub, led by the Mission Community Skills Centre Society, will offer shared kitchen space for food processing and commercial production and customized training programs for the food sector.
Centre for Seafood Innovation - Bowser (Opening 2021)
Centre for Seafood Innovation, led by Vancouver Island University, will offer seafood producers and processors commercial test kitchen space, laboratories and event and training space. The centre will offer services including applied R&D, product development, regulatory coordination and consulting, food safety testing and training and education to the seafood sector.
Kootenay Boundary Food Hub – Rock Creek and Greenwood (Opening 2021)
Kootenay Boundary Food Hub, led by the West Boundary Community Services Co-op Association, will offer a co-packing and processing kitchen to meat producers in Rock Creek and a bakery test kitchen to processors in Greenwood.
Central Kootenay Food Hub - Creston (Opening 2021)
Central Kootenay Food Hub, led by Fields Forward, will offer co-packing space, shared-use food packaging space, storage facilities and wet and dry processing equipment to local producers and processors.
Food hub feasibility study and business planning projects
A total of $465,000 in funding under the BC Food Hub Network program has been provided to organizations across the province for the completion of food hub feasibility study and business planning projects:
- Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable, Victoria (2019/2020)
- City of Quesnel, Quesnel (2018/2019)
- City of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Region (2019/2020 & 2020/21)
- Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Basin (2018/2019)
- District of Summerland, Summerland (2018/2019)
- Good to Grow Natural Products Coaching (partnering with the British Columbia Institute of Technology), North Vancouver (2019/2020)
- Kamloops Food Policy Council, Kamloops (2019/2020)
- North Island College, Courtenay (2019/2020)
- Upper Skeena Development Centre Society, Hazelton (2019/2020)
- Vancouver Island University, Deep Bay/Nanaimo (2018/2019 & 2019/2020)