Innovation activities are oriented towards the particular needs of the producers and specific agri-environmental challenges identified for each Living Lab. Through co-development, the Living Lab consortium (i.e. partners, producers and scientists) identified the need for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs), which were then evaluated on their local and regional impact on soil and water quality, increase in biodiversity and climate change reduction or mitigation.
The Living Laboratories Initiative is part of a $70 million investment to further agricultural discovery science and innovation. This initiative aims at the overarching goal of accelerating adoption in the agricultural sector, by innovating sustainable practices and technologies through the creation of partnerships with scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, farmers, local community actors, Indigenous communities and other collaborators. In a real-life context, scientists, partners and producers work together to test the impact of best management practices on the environment, with the needs of the producers at the center of the equation. Through this initiative, four Living Labs are active across Canada: in Quebec, Prince Edward Island (Atlantic), Manitoba (Eastern Prairies) and Ontario.