Photo: Bill Walker
Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:

Media Release: image

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2021 

MPP Walker announces $300,000 in funding for local meat processing projects

OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced $300,000 in funding for two local projects as part of the provincial and federal governments’ investment of more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.
 
The two projects receiving funding are:  

  • Exceldor Foods Limited – Hanover - $150,000 – to implement an automatic weighing and conveying system to increase efficiency
  • West Grey Premium Beef Inc. – Durham - $150,000 – purchase of a meat slicer

“I’m thrilled to see our government making investments to increase meat processing capacity in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and across the province,” said Walker. “I want to thank Minister Hardeman for his unwavering support for the agriculture industry during this unprecedented time.”
 
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.
 
“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.
 

QUICK FACTS
  • 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.
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  

 
 
CONTACT: Chris Fell | chris.fell@pc.ola.org | 519-371-2421

 
share this page
* indicates required