Ontario and Federal Governments invest over $5.4 million in Ontario Food Processing Sector

Published on August 28, 2020

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing more than $5.4 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help food processing businesses improve food safety, increase labour productivity and enable better access markets. These strategic investments will support more than 75 projects across Ontario and strengthen the province’s crucial agri-food supply chain.


“Our food processors are an integral part of our province’s economic recovery from this outbreak,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.“By investing in this sector, we are helping our homegrown processors become more competitive, more innovative and better positioned to keep supplying safe, quality foods for domestic and international markets.”


The Partnership is also investing in programs this year at provincially inspected dairy processors and provincially licensed meat processors to support food safety enhancement projects. These are in addition to new programming launched this year, like the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program, to assist the sector in protecting its workers from the COVID-19 outbreak.


Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 2,500 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.


Some specific types of projects supported through this programing include:

  • Implementing technology or other systems to improve food safety;
  • Transitioning to automated, advanced manufacturing and/or robotic processing technology to enhance labour productivity; and
  • Development of new products or processes to increased sales.


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