Supporting Ontario’s Meat Processing Sector

Joint federal-provincial investment will help the sector improve productivity and food safety to keep Ontario’s food supply system strong

The Governments of Ontario and Canada have invested over $7 million in cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help meat processors increase production levels and food safety in provincial abattoirs.

“COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed; 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, MPP for Oxford and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Today’s 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 initiative will help to address supply chain disruptions through the purchase and installation of equipment, such as coolers and freezers, and their associated costs. 74 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment.

This announcement is the latest piece of our government’s plan to improve meat processing capacity at Ontario abattoirs. Our government remains committed to supporting the agriculture and agri-food sector during this unprecedented time.