Ontario Supporting Baby Formula Facility in Kingston
Province Partnering to Create 277 New Jobs in Kingston
Ontario is supporting a subsidiary of Feihe International to establish Kingston's first baby formula production facility, which will create up to 277 new jobs in the community.
Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Feihe International on November 25, 2017 in Beijing to discuss the company's plans to build its first baby formula production facility outside of China. Feihe International produces, packages and distributes milk powder and related products in China.
With support from Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company will be able to purchase and install innovative, intelligent processing and packaging equipment for the new facility, which will help boost productivity and local production. Once operational in 2020, the plant will require significant volumes of milk, which will support the growth of Ontario's dairy cow and goat sectors.
Supporting a strong and innovative food processing sector is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is investing up to $24 million in Canada Royal Milk ULC, a subsidiary of Feihe International’s over $225-million project through its Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund.
- 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.
- Since 2013, the Jobs and Prosperity Fund has invested more than $650 million in over 32 projects, leveraging over $6.8 billion in private sector investment, which is helping to create and retain over 40,000 jobs.
- 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.
“I would like to thank Feihe International for choosing Kingston to build its first baby formula production facility in Canada. This investment provides a tremendous economic opportunity for Kingston, surrounding rural areas and our farming community. With the creation of 277 excellent jobs and many more indirect jobs, this investment will support families and continues to demonstrate why Kingston is the place where history and innovation thrive.”
“We’re excited to welcome Feihe International to Ontario. In addition to bringing good jobs to the Kingston community, this project will also open up new opportunities for our dairy and goat producers to continue to grow and thrive. By partnering with food processing companies like Feihe International, we are not only supporting growth in Ontario’s agri-food sector, but we are helping boost our province’s economy.”
“Feihe International joins the ever-growing roster of companies that are innovating and creating jobs in Ontario. With strategic support from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, this project grows Ontario’s export base and strengthens our agri-food sector.”
“I want to thank Ontario for their support. Ontario and Qigihar, Heilongjiang, where Feihe’s milk resources are located, are both situated in the World’s Golden Milk Belt at 47 degrees north latitude where its natural environment is the most ideal place for producing premium quality dairy products. With over 55 years of history, Feihe International is China’s largest domestic infant formula company and one of the world’s leading experts in infant formula technology, innovation, nutrition and research and development. We look forward to this historic project and bringing our experience in infant formula to Canada.”