CANADA – The Canadian government in partnership with Ontario is set to invest over US$13 million through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) aiming to boost the efficiency and competitiveness of Ontario’s meat processing sector.

This initiative, a five-year, US$3.5 billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments, aims to support the meat processing industry in Ontario by facilitating necessary upgrades.

The investment will provide funding to free-standing meat processors and abattoirs, allowing them to enhance productivity, efficiency, and maintain high food safety standards.

A total of 151 projects will benefit from the cost-shared funding, focusing on upgrading meat handling and processing equipment, adopting new technologies, and implementing practices that improve production capacity.

Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay emphasized the growing demand for high-quality meat products across Canada.

“This funding through Sustainable CAP will help the meat processing industry in Ontario access new technologies and equipment to increase production and meet that demand,” he stated.

In addition, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson highlighted the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative (MPCII) as a strategic investment.

The MPCII is a prime example of how our government is making the right investments in the right places; the initiative will cover training and engineering costs associated with the completion of the projects.”

Key investments through MPCII include US$140,112 to Penokean Hills Farms in Bruce Mines, US$150,000 to Sikorski Sausages in London, and US$19,461.60 to Townsend Butchers in Simcoe.

These funds will support upgrades in equipment, technologies, and practices, with all projects expected to be completed and equipment delivered by March 1.

Ontario’s meat processing sector plays a crucial role in meeting the rising demand for high-quality products.

“By supporting meat processors who are working to improve efficiencies and increase capacity, we’re ensuring that Ontario’s meat processing sector can compete globally and opening doors to new opportunities,” Thompson emphasized.

 

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