Governments Investing $7 million to Improve Meat Processing

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November 12, 2021 – Blyth, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

New Funding Intake to Improve Food Production and Safety in Ontario

The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $7 million to rapidly increase processing capacity in meat processing plants across the province. This initiative builds on the $7.2 million invested last year and is part of the governments’ continued investments to support the sector’s growth and strengthen the food supply chain.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the second intake of the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative will provide up to $150,000 per project for handling and processing equipment to increase efficiency, productivity and food safety. It will also cover consulting and engineering costs associated with planning future projects. The intake will open for applications on November 19, 2021.

The Meat Processor Capacity Improvement Initiative will provide funding for eligible free-standing meat plants and abattoirs to implement measures that will improve efficiency and productivity through short-term investments in equipment. Eligible project costs can be incurred as of November 10, 2021. Eligible projects must be completed with equipment delivered by March 1, 2022. Recipients will have until June 30, 2022 to have their equipment installed.

Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed over $100 million in cost-share support to more than 5,000 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.