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Enhanced Food Processing Creating New Jobs for Ontarians

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Enhanced Food Processing Creating New Jobs for Ontarians

McGuinty Government Helping Company Compete

Sysco Canada Inc. is improving its efficiency and increasing the demand for high-quality local food, which will create an estimated 35 new jobs and protect 135 existing positions for Ontario families. These new jobs will build upon the 97,700 net new jobs that have already been created in Ontario so far this year alone.

With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Sysco Canada will operate three Toronto food processing plants at a single new Vaughan location. This will allow the company to:

  • Increase its production capacity
  • Double sales of local meat and produce

 Partnering with business and supporting local food processors are key components of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support new and existing jobs for Ontario families, and to strengthen local economies.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has invested more than $167 million in 418 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1.2 billion in new economic activity.
  • The agri-food industry contributes more than $33 billion to the Ontario economy and employs about 700,000 people.
  • Since October 2003, Ontario has created 524,100 net new jobs for Ontario families.
  • In 2010, Ontario was named a top destination for foreign direct investment in North America, second only to California. The province attracted a total of 127 Foreign Direct Investment projects, which created more than 11,200 jobs.
  • As a result of the tax changes implemented in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging new business growth.

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“An investment in Sysco Canada Inc. is an investment in Vaughan and in rural Ontario. By helping Sysco consolidate its food processing operations into one facility, we are growing our local economy, growing the demand for local food, and growing opportunities for our families.”

Greg Sorbara

Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan

Ted McMeekin

“Thanks to our government's support, this new facility will help strengthen Ontario's agri-food sector and its workforce. Investments like these increase demand for local food, strengthen our local economies, and create jobs for our families.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Ontario's support for this project is instrumental to our continued success. Our new meat facility and produce facility here in Vaughan will help us expand our product lines, source more local food from Ontario farmers and create jobs for the community.”

Joel Grade

President of Sysco Canada Inc.

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