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Ontario Partnering with Mortimer's Fine Foods to Create Jobs in St. Catharines

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Ontario Partnering with Mortimer's Fine Foods to Create Jobs in St. Catharines

Province Investing in Food Processing Sector

Ontario is partnering with Mortimer's Fine Foods to invest in technology and grow its business, creating 14 new jobs and retaining 16 positions.

Mortimer's Fine Foods manufactures a wide range of frozen foods for distribution by Canada's largest food retailers. It produces its own line of frozen meat pies, quiches and specialty items, including halal products and pies on-the-go. With $680,000 in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is expanding its St. Catharines facility and investing in automated packaging technology to increase its productivity and exports. The project has a total value of $6.8 million and is expected to be completed by September 2017.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping to create jobs and diversify the economy by encouraging regional businesses to pursue innovation and new markets. It was modelled on the proven Eastern Ontario Development Fund. Together these two funds are helping to create and retain more than 42,000 jobs and attract more than $1.9 billion in investment.

The funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remainder from its own resources. This leveraging of private sector investment provides enhanced value for taxpayers.

Investing in Southwestern Ontario businesses is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Mortimer’s Fine Foods is the brand name of the company Canafric Inc.
  • Since October 2012, Ontario has committed to invest approximately $95 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging private-sector investment of more than $1.1 billion. These investments are helping to create over 4,300 new jobs and retain more than 20,000 existing jobs in the region.
  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Ontario's five-year, $400-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.
  • Ontario’s innovative online platform, the Red Tape Challenge, was launched in March to help identify and eliminate unnecessary regulatory practices, shorten response times and make it easier for businesses and citizens to interact with government. The second round of consultations, focusing on food processing companies, will launch August 2.

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“Ontario is committed to growing innovative, export-oriented businesses that can help strengthen southwestern Ontario’s economy. Mortimer’s Fine Foods’ expansion and new automated technology system will help the company meet rising demand in U.S. markets, while creating sustainable jobs in Ontario.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“Support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping Mortimer’s Fine Foods increase its market share, diversify its product line, and create new permanent, full-time jobs — right here in St. Catharines. Our government is proud to celebrate their growing, forward-thinking business and commitment to this thriving community.”

Jim Bradley

MPP, St. Catharines

“We’re pleased to partner with the Government of Ontario on this exciting project that will position Mortimer’s Fine Foods for continued success. Our new, state-of-the art facility will help us meet the increased demand for our existing product lines, while helping us to develop new products for distribution in Canada as well as for export to the U.S. market and beyond. We expect that future growth and innovations will flow from this important investment.”

Alim Somji

Director, Mortimer’s Fine Foods

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