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Ontario Supporting Planet Shrimp in Aylmer

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Ontario Supporting Planet Shrimp in Aylmer

Province Investing in Innovative Local Food Projects

The province is partnering with an Aylmer based company to enhance production and create jobs.

Today Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs visited Planet Shrimp Inc. to announce an investment in the company of up to $237,216 through the Local Food Fund.

The funding will allow Planet Shrimp to acquire exclusive technology to produce marine shrimp without the use of antibiotics and hormones on a large-scale indoor shrimp farm - the first of its kind in Canada. The funding will also help build a shrimp production racking system, tanks and window enclosures for a bio-secure environment. This project will create 15 new jobs and help to retain four more.

The Minister also announced an additional 20 local food projects across southwestern and central Ontario that are receiving support through the 2014-15 Local Food Fund program.

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Local Food Fund is part of the government’s broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and produced across the province.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes over $35 billion in GDP to the province’s economy and supports more than 781,000 jobs.
  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $170 million to support sales of Ontario foods – including $22 million through the Local Food Fund.
  • In 2014, Ontario’s total agri-food exports were $12.5 billion.

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Jeff Leal

“I would like to congratulate Planet Shrimp, as well as the southwestern and central Local Food Fund recipients, on their hard work and dedication to producing quality local food and strengthening Ontario’s agri-food industry. Our government’s continued investments in local food projects not only supports innovation and grows our economy, but strengthens the connection between farmers, food producers and consumers.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Our fresh, naturally grown shrimp will reach Ontario consumers within hours of harvest. More than 85 per cent of the shrimp Ontario consumers now buy is imported as a frozen product. This grant from the Local Food Fund is essential to helping Planet Shrimp build an indoor facility in Aylmer, Ontario where we will harvest Pacific white shrimp, produced without the use of antibiotics and hormones, every week of the year. The commercial scale of our indoor operation is a first globally.”

Marvyn Budd

President, Planet Shrimp

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