Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

January 19, 2010 10:30 ET

Clef Des Champs Inc. Receives $300,000 in Funding From Government of Canada to Pursue its Growth

LAVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $300,000 in repayable funding to Clef des champs Inc. to enable the Val-David herbal products manufacturer to consolidate its operations under one roof. Requiring an overall investment of more than $2 million, this project is expected to result in the creation of four new jobs over the next 18 months as well as numerous short-term subcontracting jobs during the construction phase.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Clef des champs is at a pivotal point in its development and needs to move to larger facilities in order to pursue its growth. To that end, the company is looking to centralize its administrative operations and processing, packaging, shipping and warehousing activities, which are now carried out in four separate establishments, in one new building.

"Clef des champs has opted to invest in a large-scale project, namely the construction of a new centralized facility, in order to secure its growth. In meeting LEED standards for sustainable development, this building will be entirely in line with both the company's philosophy and the excellent reputation it has already earned in this area. I am pleased that this assistance from Canada Economic Development will enable the firm, which already employs more than 35 people during the summer months, to expand its operations and thereby create new jobs in the Laurentides region," explained Minister of State Lebel.

Clef des champs specializes in the manufacture of products such as ointments, extracts and glycerines made from the organic plants it grows in its own gardens. This financial contribution from the Government of Canada, granted under the Business and Regional Growth program and the Community Adjustment Fund, will allow the enterprise to pursue its growth and further develop its line of fine products.

The Minister of State also announced his intention to meet with local economic stakeholders while in the Laurentides region for a stock-taking exercise on Canada's Economic Action Plan, 12 months after its adoption, in order to obtain their views on the effectiveness of this temporary economic stimulus measure. "As we move towards a return to fiscal balance, ideas on a variety of issues need to be discussed with socioeconomic stakeholders in the regions. The economy is a dynamic system that is constantly changing and it is imperative that we adjust. To play our cards right, we must clearly identify the needs of Quebec's various industries and gather the opinions of business leaders as to which sectors should be prioritized," he concluded, recalling the success of his similar consultation process held in early 2009.

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