Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 17, 2005 15:43 ET

AAFC: Financial Assistance for Start-Up Costs of Producer-Led Initiatives to Increase Slaughter Capacity

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - Canadian producers interested in establishing or expanding a federally inspected ruminant slaughter plant in Canada can now obtain assistance from the Government of Canada for the costs of feasibility studies, business plans, marketing plans or other start up costs. Building on the June 29, 2005 announcement to reprofile funds to best support the Canadian cattle and other ruminants industry, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell today announced details of the $1-million Ruminant Slaughter Facility Assessment Assistance program.

Designed to help producer-led groups undertake the preliminary assessments required for developing viable slaughter operations, the program offers financial assistance to assess the feasibility of building new federally inspected slaughter facilities, the expansion of existing federal ruminant slaughter facilities, or converting provincial ruminant slaughter plants to meet federal inspection standards.

"Increased domestic slaughter capacity is a major investment in the future of Canada's livestock industry," said Minister Mitchell. "Canada has successfully increased capacity since 2003, and we want to build on that success to ensure producers continue to have the option to market their animals domestically or to export abroad. This program is a key element in helping producer groups ensure that a reasonable return on investment can be secured before investing significant resources in slaughter facilities."

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will contribute up to half of the costs, to a maximum of $99,990. This maximum may include the $25,000 available through Planning and Assessment for Value-added Enterprises. Eligible activities include feasibility assessments of planned operations, business plans and marketing plans. There is no minimum investment and groups can access funds for several eligible activities until the group's approved maximum funding level is reached.

Assistance under this program ends by December 31, 2007, or whenever funds are exhausted.

Interested producers must apply directly to one of five Canadian Agri-Renewal Services offices. For more information on the Ruminant Slaughter Facility Assessment Assistance program, visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Web site at www.agr.gc.ca or call 1-866-452-5558.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1 (866) 345-7972
    or
    Minister Mitchell's office
    Matt Tolley
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059