Competitiveness of Regional Slaughterhouses: Ottawa and Quebec Provide $300,000 in Financial Assistance to Abattoir Zampini Inc.

News release

August 10, 2018 – Quebec City, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec announced up to $300,000 in financial assistance for Abattoir Zampini inc. under components 2 and 3 of the Programme d’appui à la compétitivité des abattoirs régionaux (PACAR). The company will use this money to add a new slaughter line for large animals, mainly cattle over 30 months of age and cull cows. The project includes the creation of new animal receiving and holding areas and the acquisition of new equipment.

Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Lise Thériault, Quebec Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, on behalf of the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard, made the announcement, confirming the two governments’ desire to ensure the sustainability and development of animal production sectors by promoting increased competitiveness of slaughterhouses and improved slaughter services in response to regional or sectoral needs.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to help Abattoir Zampini inc. make its expansion project, which will increase Quebec’s large-animal slaughter capacity, a reality. Thanks to this investment, the company will create good, middle-class jobs while also helping the agriculture and agri-food sector in the Lanaudière region reach its full potential."

- Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Prosperity for businesses in the bio-food sector is a priority for our government. In this connection, the second direction, Feeding Our World, of Quebec’s 2018–2025 bio-food policy consists specifically of supporting investment in businesses to help them become prosperous, sustainable and innovative. This investment is also in line with our department’s desire to see businesses in the bio-food sector make $15 billion in investments by 2025."

- Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

"This project meets a regional need, since the supply of cull cattle to be slaughtered far exceeds the slaughter capacity of slaughterhouses in Lanaudière and the adjacent regions. By helping Abattoir Zampini inc. increase its productivity and become more competitive, the Government of Quebec is investing in the region’s economy and prosperity. That is excellent news for all Lanaudière residents."

- Lise Thériault, Quebec Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region

Quick facts

  • The food and beverage processing industry is a cornerstone of the Quebec economy. The industry includes more than 2,400 establishments in all regions of the province.

  • In 2017, the food processing industry made deliveries worth more than $29 billion.

  • The processing sector provided 69,689 jobs in 2017, making it the leader among Quebec’s manufacturing sectors in terms of economic importance.

  • About 70% of the products from agricultural and fishing activities in Quebec are purchased by Quebec food processors.

  • The Canada–Quebec Agreement on implementation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership provides for a total of $293 million in funding from the federal government and the Quebec government over five years, from 2018 to 2023. This agreement supports strategic initiatives that will help sectors grow, innovate and prosper.

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership replaced Growing Forward 2 on April 1, 2018.

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