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Ontario Government Supporting Economic Growth in Food Processing Sector
Ontario is helping a leading producer of baked goods expand to further strengthen the province's food processing sector and create and support more than 1,000 jobs.
The province is providing $1.5 million towards Fiera Foods' total $34 million investment to install a new fully automated freezer to accommodate increased production, and help the company expand into new domestic and international markets. The upgrades will support 1,000 existing positions and create 52 new jobs.
Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the Ontario government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.
- Fiera Foods is one of Canada's leading producers of frozen bakery products, with four locations, 1,200 employees and $240 million in exports.
- The company's $146 million five-year expansion investment will double their current sales and create 224 jobs.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, supporting more than 95,000 jobs and contributing more than $11 billion to the province’s GDP.
- Ontario’s food processors purchase about two-thirds of the good things that are grown and produced on the province’s farms.
“Fiera Foods provides good jobs for families here in Toronto and sources $80 million worth of ingredients from our local farming communities. Investing in food processing businesses like Fiera strengthens the bond between our urban and rural communities while boosting the province’s economy.”
“Fiera is an important part of our community, and this funding will help to create even more jobs and economic opportunities in Ontario.”
“With investments like these, I’m confident we will continue to see growth in our food processing sector and our economy as a whole.”
“Fiera Foods was started more than 25 years ago. My partner, Alex Garber, COO, and I established a culture at Fiera that focuses on innovation, quality and excellence, which set us on a path to achieve the success we’ve experienced to date. The Ontario government’s support enhances our ability to continue to grow and reach new markets both here at home and around the world.”