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Governments invest $13M to boost productivity in meat processing sector

By Food in Canada Staff   

Business Operations Meat &Poultry Dairy government grants Lactalis Canada Ontario

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $13 million to help free-standing meat processors and abattoirs in the province increase their productivity.

This cost-shared funding, provided through Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) is supporting 151 projects that focus on upgrading meat handling and processing equipment, technologies and practices that improve production capacity and enhance the competitiveness of Ontario’s meat processing plants and abattoirs.

“There is a growing demand for the high-quality products we produce and process across Canada,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. “This funding through Sustainable CAP will help the meat processing industry in Ontario access new technologies and equipment to increase production and meet that demand.”

“The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative is a prime example of how our government is making the right investments in the right places,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “By supporting meat processors who are working to improve efficiencies and increase capacity, we’re ensuring Ontario’s meat processing sector can compete globally and opening doors to new opportunities.”


Examples of investments made through the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative include:

  • up to $140,112 to Penokean Hills Farms in Bruce Mines to purchase and install a chop cutter and thermoforming packaging machine to increase production;
  • uUp to $150,000 to Sikorski Sausages in London to purchase and install a floor standing clipper, air compressor and refrigerated air dryer, a split chiller system, racking systems, high-capacity coils for variable speed fans, and evaporator fan coils to increase capacity and labour productivity; and
  • up to $19,461.60 to Townsend Butchers in Simcoe to purchase and install a new vacuum sealing machine to increase productivity and meet market demand.

The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative also covers training and engineering costs associated with completing the projects. Applications opened on August 31, 2023, and closed on September 25, 2023. All projects are expected to be completed with equipment delivered by March 1, 2024.

MacAulay has also announced an investment of up to $89 million for 49 projects across Canada under the Supply Management Processing Investment Fund. Through this funding, dairy, poultry and egg processors are able to purchase and install new automated equipment and technology, allowing them to boost their production capacity and productivity, while also helping them respond to environmental challenges and labour shortages. Project examples include milk pasteurizers, ultrafiltration systems, robotics for packaging systems, and new machines for grading, setting and breaking eggs.

Lactalis Canada’s cheese plant in Ingleside, Ont., is one of the recipients of this new funding program. It is set to receive up to $3,343,000 for new automated cheese processing and packaging equipment. These upgrades will help modernize the production facility, reduce waste and improve productivity.

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