Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

July 14, 2011 11:50 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Continues to Support Meat Processing Innovation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2011) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today more than $8 million for three new projects that will help improve meat processing facilities and increase profitability for the entire livestock sector.

"Canada's Economic Action plan is once again delivering for Canadian meat-packing companies by helping them improve their facilites and reduce costs," said Minister Ritz. "By successfully improving their operations, these meat facilities will make an important contribution to increase the profitability of our livestock producers."

The three projects announced today include:

  • Montpak International of Laval, Quebec, has received more than $3 million towards the purchase and installation of equipment for a new processing facility.
  • St. Ann's Foods of Etobicoke, Ontario has received almost $3 million to expand their facility to include value added production lines for steak cuts, meat balls, burgers and meatloaves.
  • Les Viandes du Breton of Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec will receive $2 million for the purchase and installation of automated equipment.

These smart investments have been delivered through Canada's Economic Action Plan and it's $60 million Slaughter Improvement Program (SIP). SIP provides federal repayable contributions available to support sound business plans aimed at reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving operations of meat packing and processing operations in Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz