Supporting Agriculture In Bruce County
McGuinty Government Invests In Local Food, Creates Jobs
Ontario is improving local food sales and growing rural economies by investing in three Bruce County projects.
Through Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Anderkin Foods Inc. is upgrading and expanding its existing facility with new processing equipment and an updated bottling system. This investment will create two new jobs and retaining six positions, while also supporting local farmers who house Anderkin hives.
Also, under the Ontario Market Investment Fund, the Pine River Cheese and Butter Co-operative and Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association will launch projects to promote local food.
Pine River Cheese and Butter Co-operative is working to promote the benefits of locally produced cheese curds. A refrigerated van will travel throughout the province allowing Ontarians to sample the cheese and learn more through demonstrations at local grocery stores, shopping malls and food-related events.
The Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association will increase awareness of and appreciation for the region's local farmers through its Grey Bruce Local Food Project. The association will profile area farmers in its marketing materials and purchase a new mobile display and tasting units to promote local farmers and food products at community events. It will also work with the local health unit which will host a series of 10 cooking classes designed to help people incorporate seasonal vegetables and local foods.
Growing a strong agri-food industry is part of the five-year Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.
- Ontario is investing $44,585 in Anderkin Foods Inc. through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Through the Ontario Market Investment Fund, the Pine River Cheese and Butter Co-operative will receive $54,500 and Grey Bruce Local Food Project will receive $13,200 in support of their projects.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $120 million in 311 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1 billion in new economic activity.
- Since 2008, the four-year Ontario Market Investment Fund has invested more than $7.4 million for 138 projects to date.
“This is great news for Bruce County. The McGuinty government is proud to support community partnerships like these because they strengthen our local economy, support our rural communities and create demand for fresh, healthy local foods.”
“Having the provincial support to seize new market opportunities beyond specialty stores in Ontario, United States and overseas, has been key in our continued success. With the Province on board, Anderkin Foods Inc. is able to remain a strong player in a competitive marketplace.”
“We at Pine River Cheese are very pleased to have received this grant. This will go a long way in the project to popularize Ontario produced cheese curds made at Pine River Cheese in Bruce County.”
“We are looking forward to expanding our efforts, which will contribute to the health and well-being of area residents, while also strengthening our existing sustainable agricultural-based economy.”