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Ontario Growing the Economy in Chatham-Kent

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Supporting North American First in Innovation

Ontario is supporting an innovative greenhouse project in Chatham-Kent that will create up to 90 local jobs, strengthen the local economy and help the environment.

In a first of its kind in North America, Cedarline Greenhouses will use surplus heat and carbon dioxide from a local ethanol plant to produce up to 21-million kilograms of Ontario grown tomatoes each year. This project will lower heating costs for the greenhouse by 40 per cent while increasing tomato production by five per cent.  

A strong agriculture industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.

Quick Facts

  • This project will create up to 90 direct and indirect jobs upon completion and up to 400 direct and indirect job opportunities as it meets its expansion target.
  • Ontario’s ethanol industry produces more than 885 million litres of ethanol annually (2011-2012), has created over 360 skilled jobs in rural Ontario, and has generated more than $635 million in capital investments.
  • Almost 78 per cent of all Ontario greenhouses are located in the counties of Chatham-Kent and Essex.

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Ted McMeekin

“This investment supports innovation in Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products industries and brings skilled jobs to Chatham-Kent. This project is a great example of how agriculture is growing Ontario’s future.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The support from the provincial government will help us effectively supply Ontarians with high-quality, affordable and locally grown tomatoes and create jobs in our Chatham-Kent community.”

Greg Devries

CEO of Cedarline Greenhouses and Truly Green Farms

“We are excited to be partnering with Cedarline Greenhouses for a project that will reduce operating costs and strengthen the competitiveness of the greenhouses. This truly is an environmentally sustainable way to produce high-quality products for the consumer year round.”

Ken Field

Founder and Chairman of GreenField Ethanol

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