Governments Investing in Meat Processors Capacity in OntarioPublished on May 07, 2021
MPP Cho congratulates Terry Wang, President/Owner of TFF (3rd from right) over Zoom call.
Governments Investing in Meat Processors Capacity in Ontario
Support will improve production and safety measures in provincial abattoirs
NEWS May 6, 2021
Scarborough, Ontario — Today, Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North, announced close to $300,000 in local funding for two projects in Scarborough North as part of the provincial and federal governments’ investment of more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve productions and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program focuses on measures that can quickly increase processing capacity as the industry deals with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.
“This funding is yet another example of this government’s strong support for Ontario’s food industry,” states Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North. “This pandemic has showed the importance of a robust and strong agri-food sector. I am proud to see this support coming to Scarborough.”
“COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our processing industry to succeed in these challenging times,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). “This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to improve productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario’s food supply system strong.”
This funding is part of both governments’ investments, assisting Ontario’s agri-food sector in meeting the challenges related to COVID-19. Today’s local investment will go towards the Toronto Fresh Food (TFF) Asian Food Packing and Processing and the Patty Palace in the riding of Scarborough North.
“The food processing industry has been impacted by this COVID pandemic. As this global health crisis has been increasingly prolonged, TFF is facing extraordinary challenges,” said Terry Wang, President/Owner of TFF. “We thank the generous contribution that was awarded to us by OMAFRA. This funding will allow us to build condenser units and cooling system that can further enable us to produce safe food for Canadian households as we brace this virus together", Wang added.
Through this funding, TFF will receive up to $147,700 to purchase equipment for increasing efficiency and productivity. Their project activities include electrician services and the purchasing of condenser units, vacuum packing and sealers for freezers.
The other recipient, Patty Palace, a leading Jamaican patty supplier in Ontario, will receive up to $150,000 to increase capacity by improving packaging efficiency. Their project activities include the purchase of a packaging machine and training expenses.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,400 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
- Due to high demand, an additional $3.2 million was added to this program from the original $4 million allocation to fund all eligible applications received.
- The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- There are 480 provincially licensed and 230 federally licensed facilities (abattoirs and free-standing meat plants) in Ontario.
- The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy.
Office of MPP Raymond Cho