Government of Canada invests in state-of-the-art poultry facility in Ontario
"Our government is excited to invest in Maple Leaf Foods' project to help bring new innovations to Canada's food processing industry, keep Canada competitive in the global market and create new middle-class jobs in Ontario. This new state-of-the-art facility demonstrates how innovation is creating jobs and helping the environment with more sustainable poultry processing."
— The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"Canada's agri-food industry is a key driver of innovation and well-paying jobs across the country. Our government is proud to invest in Maple Leaf Foods, helping to position Canada as a globally competitive player in the food processing sector and to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of our agricultural sector."
— The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"This world-class facility will enable Maple Leaf to meet the steadily growing consumer demand for premium, value-added poultry products and to strengthen Canada's food system. It will incorporate leading-edge food safety, environmental and animal care technologies that advance our vision to be the global leader in sustainable protein. This is a historic investment in the Canadian poultry sector, providing significant stakeholder and economic benefits and ensuring that Canada has sufficient domestic processing capacity to meet forecasted poultry production and demand."
— Michael H. McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods
The $28-million investment from the Government of Canada includes $20 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund and up to $8 million from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriInnovate Program.
Established in 1991, Maple Leaf Foods is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and employs more than 11,000 people across Canada. The company exports to more than 20 global markets, including the United States and Asia.
Maple Leaf Foods' project will merge and replace three of the company's smaller facilities in Toronto, Brampton and St. Marys, Ontario, that are not viable options for modernization.
In 2016 the agri-food industry contributed $49.4 billion to Canada's GDP and employed approximately 575,800 people.
The Strategic Innovation Fund is a program that is helping Canada become a global leader in innovation. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriInnovate Program supports projects that accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies and practices that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
In addition to the Strategic Innovation Fund, there are hundreds of programs and services to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada's economy. With its simple, story-based user interface, the Innovation Canada platform can match businesses with the most fitting programs and services in about two minutes.
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