Governments Investing in Meat Processors Capacity in OntarioPublished on May 03, 2021
Support will improve production and safety measures in provincial abattoirs
MISSISSAUGA — Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, announced that the provincial and federal governments will invest more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve productions and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program was focused on measures that could quickly increase processing capacity as the industry dealt with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.
“We recognize the proactive work that meat processors in Mississauga, and across Ontario, have undertaken in the workplace to date to protect their workers,” said Cuzzetto, MPP. “The new initiative launched today will build on their efforts to expand capacity, while also helping to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission.”
“COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our processing industry to succeed in these challenging times,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to improve productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario’s food supply system strong.”
This funding is part of both governments’ investments to assist Ontario’s agri-food sector in meeting challenges related to COVID-19.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,400 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
- Due to high demand, an additional $3.2 million was added to this program from the original $4 million allocation to fund all eligible applications received.
- The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- There are 480 provincially licensed and 230 federally licensed facilities (abattoirs and free-standing meat plants) in Ontario.
- The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Ontario
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Meat and Poultry Ontario
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP