Growing Manitoulin Island's Agri-Food Industry
McGuinty Government Supports Ontario Farmers, Local Food
Manitoulin Island will soon benefit from a new abattoir facility helping to bring more locally-grown food to Ontario families.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Manitoulin Island Community Abattoir, a local non-profit organization, will develop a provincially regulated and licensed abattoir to:
- grow the agricultural sector,
- create a stronger community of local processors, and
- increase the sustainability of the local beef farms.
More than 70 meat processors and producers will use this new facility, enabling them to increase revenues, expand into new markets and meet growing demand for quality, locally-grown food.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's economy.
- Ontario's food processing industry is the province's second largest manufacturer and was the third largest employer of its kind in North America in 2008. In 2009, the industry generated more than $33 billion in revenue in Ontario.
- In June, Ontario had an increase of more than 40,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent.
“We're proud to be investing in local abattoirs and meat plants such as Manitoulin Island Community Abattoir who provide us with fresh, local, quality meats we all enjoy. By giving our meat businesses the tools they need to succeed and grow, we're strengthening Ontario's agri-food industry and growing our economy.”
“The Manitoulin Island Community Abattoir project will help support our region's farmers, improve competitiveness and encourage people to buy local. This investment is another example of our government's commitment to strengthen and grow our rural communities at work.”
“The Manitoulin Island Community Abattoir and its farmer members are extremely grateful to the province for its investment in this abattoir for our local agricultural economy. This funding is integral to the success of this project and fostering strong agricultural roots. The new abattoir will give farmers the opportunity to expand their marketing opportunities and it will give the consumers in the greater Manitoulin area the opportunity to eat local meat. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the opening of the Manitoulin Island Community Abattoir in the coming months.”