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By EVANGELINE ALLEN Staff Writer Niagara College has been awarded $1.9 million in federal grants to assist food and beverage innovators in the region. MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, delivered the news Sept. 7, as part of an announcement of grants through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. As part of the $1.9 million, Mihychuk said $135,710 is earmarked for Niagara College’s Agriculture and Environment Innovation Centre to fund new equipment. “Through today’s investment, the government of Canada is supporting collaborations between talented scientists and engineers working hard on college campuses and their counterparts, who are leading local businesses,” Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, said in a press release. “Such partnerships can lead to the commercialization of ideas, job creation for the middle class and sustainable economic growth that benefits all Canadians.” The remaining $1.75 million will be released over the next five years and used to create a Technology Access Centre (TAC) for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre is located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. It will provide mentorship and support services to hundreds of companies. The CFWI Innovation Centre will become one of 30 TACs across Canada, supported by the Tech-Access Canada network. College faculty, staff and students deliver industry applied research needs through the innovation support services of the TAC.