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Canada and Ontario invest in food and beverage processors


Food

August 6, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $6 million in projects to help Ontario food and beverage processors improve their operations.

Applications for this program will be accepted in two phases; applications for the first phase of this new intake under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support projects that will enhance economic development and food safety in the sector will be accepted.

The second phase of the intake will open next month for targeted projects to improve labour productivity, efficiency and reduce waste.

“Our processors have risen to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We are confident this investment will help them make their businesses stronger and improve food safety during these challenging times. A robust agri-food processing sector is vital to our economy and we recognize all they do to provide Canadians with quality food and beverages.”

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Some examples of projects eligible for support under the first phase of applications for food and beverage processors include:

  • implementing new technology to improve food safety
  • developing new products to increase sales
  • improving animal health through preventing the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation

This new intake builds on other supports extended to the province’s food processing and agri-food sector during COVID-19. Examples of such recent initiatives include:

  • a $7 million investment to boost production and capacity in the meat processing sector under the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative
  • a $2.25 million investment in provincially licensed meat processing plants to better protect employees and Ontario’s food supply under the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program
  • a $22 million provincial investment to increase the adoption of technological innovations within the agri-food sector to enhance the health and safety of workers and improve the sector’s efficiency and productivity through the Agri-Tech Innovation Program