BLYTH, Ont. — The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $6 million in projects to help Ontario food-and-beverage processors improve their operations, grow their competitive edge and adapt to challenges as they move beyond the pandemic.
Applications to receive funding is accepted in two phases. Applications for the first phase under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will support projects that will drive economic stability and food safety. Some projects eligible for support include: implementing new technology, developing new products and improving animal health. The second phase of applications will open next month for targeted projects to improve labour productivity, efficiency and waste reduction.
“Our processors have risen to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We’re confident this investment will help make their businesses stronger and improve food safety during these challenging times. A robust agri-food processing sector is vital to our economy and we recognize all they do to provide Canadians with quality food and beverages.”
“This funding builds on several measures we’ve already taken to ensure the sector maintains a strong food supply chain that delivers safe, nutritious and high-quality food,” says Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.