Government of Canada invests in food processor expansion in Brampton

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FedDev Ontario investment of $6 million for Toppits Foods Ltd. to expand and create 60 new jobs in Brampton

July 5, 2022 - Brampton, Ontario                                                                             

The food and beverage processing industry is the second largest manufacturing industry in Canada, employing a significant number of Canadians. To maintain our competitiveness and support the resiliency of Canada’s food system and its workers, the Government of Canada is committed to investing in the growth and future-proofing of this sector. 

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Maninder Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton East,  announced an investment of $6 million for Toppits Foods Ltd. to expand food processing capabilities, create 60 jobs for underrepresented and diverse Canadians in the Brampton region, and lay the foundation for future growth.

Toppits Foods is one of Canada’s top frozen food processors, supplying over 500 frozen, sustainably-sourced, seafood products to the food service, retail and manufacturing industries. With this investment, the company will expand production through the purchase and installation of new, automated, seafood processing and freezing equipment at its newly acquired facility in Brampton. This support will also enable Toppits Foods to integrate the manufacturing process of its seafood products, double domestic production capacity, grow revenues and significantly expand its customer base in both Canadian and U.S. markets.

Through the Jobs and Growth Fund, the Government of Canada is committed to helping businesses enhance competitiveness and create jobs to build a more inclusive economy. This includes investing in our food and beverage sector and strengthening regional supply chains that grow our economy.


“Helping businesses increase productivity and prepare for the future is a priority for the Government of Canada. Today’s announcement for Toppits Foods reinforces our commitment to supporting Canada’s growing food and beverage sector and creating a stronger, more resilient economy in southern Ontario.”
 The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario 

“This announcement is good news for both the Brampton region and Canada’s food processing industry as it will support a leading business in creating 60 new jobs in our community while strengthening the local food and beverage sector and enabling Toppits Foods to reach more customers globally.”
– Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member of Parliament for Brampton East

“The Government of Canada’s investment, through FedDev Ontario, will help one of Canada’s largest top frozen and fresh food processors futureproof through the adoption of automated processes. We are proud to see Toppits Foods expand from its Vaughan facility to an additional location in Brampton where it will continue to strengthen our food supply chain and food processing sector.”
– Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan–Woodbridge

“Thank you to FedDev Ontario for the great support to our company. This will not only help us further grow our business, better serve Canadian and international consumers with innovative and superior quality food products, but also create more jobs in our community, especially for the underrepresented groups, and help recovery of economy from the pandemic. We are very grateful to the support and we are very confident that we will make greater success and more contribution to our society and the southern Ontario economy.”
 Brian Xiao, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toppits Foods Ltd.


Quick facts

  • Incorporated in 1976 and a subsidiary of Canadian-owned Ocean Premier Holdings Inc., Toppits Foods Ltd. is an importer and supplier of over 500 frozen seafood products that are available at large and independent grocers such as Longo’s and Farm Boy, as well as in the food service, retail and manufacturing industries in Canada. With locations in Vaughan and Brampton, the company is owned and operated by members of underrepresented groups and is committed to promoting equity and diversity. 

  • Toppits Foods demonstrates its commitment to sustainable business practices by sourcing all seafood products from responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations labelled with Ocean Wise sustainable certifications.

  • FedDev Ontario is delivering $224 million of the Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) to help businesses in southern Ontario and the organizations who support them, future-proof, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green, inclusive and competitive economy.

  • Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested over $500 million in over 500 projects in manufacturing creating over 5,000 jobs and maintaining over 10,000 jobs. 

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Monica Granados
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario

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