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Ontario Boosts Competitiveness Of Hog Industry

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Ontario Boosts Competitiveness Of Hog Industry

McGuinty Government Supports Food Processors, Creates Jobs

New investments in Ontario's hog industry are creating jobs and opening the province's agri-food sector to new markets.

Conestoga Meat Packers is making important improvements to its plant in Breslau to increase its productivity and enhance its competitiveness. New deboning technologies and a better product-packaging system will expand the organization's processing capacities and result in improved product shelf-life. These improvements will retain 350 existing jobs, create as many as 40 new positions, provide specialized training for employees, and bolster export activity.

The McGuinty government is contributing $350,000 to this project through its Open Ontario plan, which is creating jobs and building stronger rural communities. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's food processing industry was the third-largest employer of its kind in North America in 2008. The industry generated $32.3 billion in revenue from goods manufactured in Ontario in 2007.

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“Conestoga Meat Packers is a vital contributor to our province's agri-food sector and our workforce. This investment will help them respond to the growing demand for Ontario pork at home and abroad.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan will help the Waterloo Region's economy grow stronger. This investment is good news for our community because it's creating jobs and supporting our local producers.”

Leeanna Pendergast

MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

“Thanks to these important changes here at Conestoga Meat Packers, our company can meet the demand for high-quality pork products both domestically and internationally. This means more support for Ontario's hog industry, and more job opportunities here in the Breslau area.”

Arnold Drung

Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.

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