Charlottetown Metal Products accelerating development of advanced food processing technology

News release

New Innovation Center will address key challenges in the food processing industry

October 11, 2023 · Milton, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Innovative, efficient technologies are helping businesses adapt, grow, and compete – contributing to a stronger economy for all Canadians. The Government of Canada is investing to help Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP), a subsidiary of Food Process Solutions (FPS) in Prince Edward Island reach new markets and support growth in the food processing industry.

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Today, Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, announced total federal contribution of nearly $2 million to CMP for the creation of its new Innovation Center. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

ACOA is providing $702,750 toward the project through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, while the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is providing CMP with advisory services and up to $1,283,999 in research and development funding to support innovations in food processing and full line optimization.

The Province of P.E.I. is also contributing $150,000 through Innovation PEI.

This investment will help CMP establish its Innovation Center for the development and testing of energy efficient hygienic food processing equipment. The facility will allow the manufacturer to further develop and expand the company’s highly specialized and customized product offerings. It will also showcase the company’s capabilities to new customers from around the globe. The project will create an estimated 33 jobs.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help key industries make advancements that will grow the economy and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs for Canadians.


“This project is further proof that Atlantic Canada is a good place to invest and do business. Investing in Charlottetown Metal Products will create good, new jobs for people on Prince Edward Island and help a homegrown business reach new markets. That’s a win-win.”

-   The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.

“When we invest in innovative small- and medium-sized businesses, we are investing in our entire economy. Our government is proud to support Charlottetown Metal Products in continuing to develop its state-of-the-art technology in food processing, while creating more well-paying jobs. That's why we will continue to help Canadian businesses, like CMP, that are strengthening innovation from coast to coast to coast.”

- The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Since Charlottetown Metal Products established itself here in Milton, we have continued to welcome and train some of the brightest minds, introduced exciting new career opportunities, fuelled economic growth in across the Island, and built an even stronger reputation as a hub for advanced manufacturing. Today’s investment will ensure our communities continue to see that positive momentum.”

-   Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque

“The joint investment from both levels of government into Charlottetown Metal Products’ Innovation Centre is a testament to strong government-industry partnerships. This next step for CMP will help drive job growth, operational efficiencies and market readiness, all while reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint. The Province is looking forward to their future successes.

- The Honourable Gilles Arsenault, P.E.I.  Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Trade

“CMP and FPS have a long-standing commitment to innovation, which has fueled our rapid growth. The financial support from our Federal and Provincial governments has been critical to this project moving forward.  We are working hard to build a better future with advanced food processing machinery and the delivery of complete process line solutions.”

- Trevor Spinney, President of Charlottetown Metal Products Ltd.

Quick facts

  • Charlottetown Metal Products Ltd (CMP) is a subsidiary of FPS Food Process Solutions Corp. CMP has been manufacturing hygienic processing equipment for food manufacturers around the world for over 65 years. Based just outside Charlottetown, PEI, CMP is one of PEI's top employers with over 165 staff. 

  • FPS Food Process Solutions is a global supplier of turn-key freezing and cooling equipment. Established in 2010, FPS has 19 locations across five continents and employs over 900 staff around the world.

  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program helps businesses and non-profit organizations develop a strong, dynamic and inclusive economy.

  • The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) helps small and medium-sized businesses build innovation capacity and take ideas to market through financial assistance, advisory services and connections to the best business and R&D expertise in Canada.

  • Innovation PEI is an economic development agency and a crown corporation of the Government of Prince Edward Island providing funding and expertise to enable strategic sectors, accelerate entrepreneurship, and foster innovation.

  • In March, the Public Policy Forum - The Atlantic Canada Momentum Index published a report that confirms that Atlantic Canada’s economy is bustling and the region is poised for exponential growth.

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Kevin Lemkay
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development
and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Sharon McGuigan                                          
Manager of Communications  
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency  

Audrey Champoux
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Vicki Tse
Bilingual Senior Communications Officer
Department of Economic Development, Innovation and Trade
Province of Prince Edward Island

Trevor Spinney
Charlottetown Metal Products Ltd

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