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Ontario Supporting Food Processing Sector in Waterloo Region

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Ontario Supporting Food Processing Sector in Waterloo Region

Province Partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to Create 170 New Jobs at Breslau Facility

Ontario is partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to help boost productivity and expand its pork processing capacity by 86 per cent, creating 170 new jobs at its Breslau facility.

Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement today in Breslau on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Conestoga Meat Packers is Ontario's second largest pork processor and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Progressive Pork Producers Co-operative Inc., a co-operative of 157 southwestern Ontario hog producers.

With support from Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company will be able to purchase leading-edge equipment that will almost double its meat processing capacity. Increased productivity will expand its product offerings and enhance export revenue, helping to keep Ontario's pork industry competitive.

Supporting a strong and innovative food processing sector is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing up to $5.3 million in this project through its Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund.
  • The investment is expected to create 170 new jobs over the seven-year term of the project, with the potential of creating an additional 165 jobs in Ontario in the following years.
  • The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, boost innovation and grow Ontario’s exports. As part of the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the Food and Beverage Growth Fund supports food, beverage and bio-product manufacturing projects that help create and retain jobs, increase domestic and export market access, and enhance innovation and productivity.
  • The Jobs and Prosperity Fund helps secure private sector investment in Ontario, allowing the government to partner with businesses that are creating jobs and enhancing productivity, innovation and exports. Every dollar invested through the fund leverages an average of $9 in private sector investments.
  • Since January 2013 Ontario has announced over 25 projects with government commitments totaling over $600 million, leveraging more than $6.3 billion in private sector investment.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 800,000 jobs and contributes more than $37 billion toward the province’s Gross Domestic Product.
  • Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, employing 94,500 people across the province.

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Jeff Leal

“Our government is proud to support the continued growth of Ontario’s food processing sector, an important driver of our economy. This support will help Conestoga Meat Packers increase its productivity, enhance competitiveness and create good jobs in Waterloo Region.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Brad Duguid

“Congratulations to Conestoga Meat Packers on this significant expansion of its Ontario operations. The investment illustrates exactly why the Jobs and Prosperity Fund was created — to partner with ambitious companies that are innovating, boosting productivity and growing exports in Ontario’s key economic sectors.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

Daiene Vernile

“Supporting a strong and innovative food processing sector will create jobs and strengthen our local economy. Today’s $5.3-million dollar investment will help Conestoga Meat Packers expand local production, bringing 170 new jobs to Waterloo Region.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP for Kitchener Centre

“We appreciate the government’s support as we continue to work toward our goal of providing the ‘World’s Best Pork from the Industry’s Best Team.’ This investment will help Conestoga build a state-of-the-art processing facility facilitating more high-quality product for markets in Canada and around the world. This will solidify the future for our 157 Ontario farmer owners and their families as well as our 900 employees. The expansion provides the opportunity for future growth both in volume processed as well as people employed. We are proud of our team at Conestoga and look forward to providing more manufacturing jobs for Waterloo Region.”

Arnold Drung

President, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.

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