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Ontario Helping Award-Winning Cheese Co-operative Rebuild

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Ontario Helping Award-Winning Cheese Co-operative Rebuild

Province Supporting Growth and Creating Jobs in Eastern Ontario

Ontario is helping St. Albert Cheese Co-operative establish a new state-of-the-art cheese manufacturing operation to support 110 local jobs and strengthen the economy.

A provincial investment of $1 million will help the co-operative purchase equipment and establish a computerized production line for their new facility, which replaces their former factory that was lost to a fire in 2013. The new operation will process 50 million litres of local milk a year, create 10 new jobs and support the more than 100 jobs that were displaced as a result of the fire. At 76,000 square feet, the building will be 30 per cent larger and will feature a manufacturing plant, an observation deck for visitors, a retail store and a restaurant.

Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the 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. 

Quick Facts

  • St. Albert Cheese has been a dairy-farmer cheese-making co-operative since 1894. The co-operative now has 40 members and represents 23 dairy farms.
  • 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.

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Kathleen Wynne

“St. Albert Cheese has been a cornerstone of this community for the past 120 years, and I’m proud to support this important project. Through hard work and determination, I know St. Albert will once again be a vital part of the region’s economy and provide good jobs for local families.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

Grant Crack

“St. Albert Cheese is such an important part of our community, and with government support we will be able to bring back jobs and economic opportunities to the region. This investment is not only good for the company, but for Ontario’s agri-food sector as a whole.”

Grant Crack

MPP for Glengarry, Prescott, Russell

“Last year was a tough year for the co-op, and we were devastated when we lost everything in the fire. Support from the Government of Ontario will help us become a more successful facility, keeping local jobs in our community.”

Eric Lafontaine

General Director, St. Albert Cheese Co-operative Inc.

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