The federal and provincial governments are partnering to help grow Ontario's food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the announcement at the Wilton Cheese Factory in Odessa today, and was joined by Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the company rebuilt and upgraded its main cooler, helping to improve energy efficiency and achieve cost savings.
Wilton Cheese Factory is one of over 300 Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2.
Helping grow the agri-food 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.
“Canadian food processors are the single largest employer of all manufacturing industries and contribute almost half of all agriculture and food exports. Investments in these Ontario companies help grow the economy, provide well-paying jobs and ensure Canada is a world leader in innovation, while promoting the sustainability of rural communities.”
“By investing in businesses like Wilton Cheese Factory we are helping boost the competitiveness of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. For the last five years, Growing Forward 2 has been integral in strengthening Ontario’s agri-food sector and I look forward to building on its success through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
“The availability of funding through the Growing Forward 2 program was conducive in the implementation of modernizing our 150-year-old business and keeping the Wilton Cheese Factory a viable, productive, award-winning Canadian cheddar manufacturer.”
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