Government of Canada invests in co-operative cheese factory to modernize equipment and help grow markets

News release

April 29, 2019 – St. Albert, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $1.5 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to St-Albert Cheese Co-operative while visiting the Cheese Factory Co-op today. The funding will be used to modernize equipment that will help the company improve its productivity and competitiveness.

This investment is part of an upgrade to St-Albert Cheese’s facilities, which will include state-of-the-art equipment that will enhance plant operations and help optimize the value of its by-products. This new equipment will help reduce the impact of power outages and effectively manage the performance of ventilation and humidity levels so refrigeration in the warehouses runs efficiently, enabling the company to increase the volume of milk product it processes while reducing production costs.


“The government is proud to support St-Albert Cheese Co-operative in their efforts to modernize their operations. This investment will allow them to increase production and respond to rising consumer demand for their excellent products, while contributing to maintaining the economic vitality of the region thanks to the creation of good jobs for the middle class.”
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Canada’s growing dairy sector plays an important role in Ontario’s economic growth. With modern equipment designed to boost processing efficiency and production,
St-Albert Cheese Co-op will be well positioned to seize new market opportunities and respond to the growing demands of the sector.”
- Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

“The subsidy provides essential support for our cooperative, helping us in our efforts and contributing to the considerable investments needed to enhance our performance and competitiveness so that we can prepare for the many challenges ahead and seize new opportunities in the context of open markets and the consolidation of the dairy industry. We will now be able to continue to produce and distribute our exceptionally high-quality and flavourful St-Albert cheeses made with 100% pure Canadian milk, maintain and create jobs for skilled and dedicated workers and continue to invest in our community as we have been doing for the past 125 years.”
- Éric Lafontaine, General Manager, St-Albert Cheese Co-Operative

Quick facts

  • St-Albert Cheese Co-operative is a cheese factory established in 1894 and specializes in making cheese from 100% pure milk. It is recognized for its fresh cheddars of the day, as well as its poutine and ripening cheddars.

  • The dairy sector plays an important role in Canada’s economy, contributing $20.9 billion through sales by farmers and food processors.

  • In Ontario, more than 150 dairy processors generate $6 billion in sales and create more than 8,600 jobs.

  • To date, 32 dairy processors have been approved for funding valued at over $34.7 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, for a wide array of projects in cheese, milk drying, yogurt, cream and butter projects.

  • Canada’s dairy sector is also supported by the associated Dairy Farm Investment Program. To date, 1,900 dairy projects have been approved for funding support valued at $129 million, in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.

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