Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 03, 2010 18:21 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Has Courtenay Processor Saying "Cheese"

COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering real results for British Columbia's dairy producers and processors. John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), announced today, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, an investment of more than $624,000 to Natural Pastures Cheese to improve its processing equipment and production capacity, in turn helping to increase the demand for Canadian milk.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to deliver targeted investments to help processors become more competitive," said Minister Duncan. "This investment will help Natural Pastures Cheese update their processing facility, and in turn help increase cheese production and boost the bottom line of BC farmers."

This repayable contribution will help purchase and install new processing and packaging equipment as well as a forklift and pallet system in the cheese processing facility. The new equipment will standardize and improve soft and semi-hard cheese production and will result in an increase in the annual demand for milk and the creation of new jobs.

"The loan we will receive from the Government of Canada through the AgriProcessing Initiative will allow us to expand our production to meet the increasing demand for our award-winning artisan cheeses," said Doug Smith, manager of Natural Pastures Cheese.

Funded through the AgriFlexibility fund, the AgriProcessing Initiative is a five-year, up to $50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the food processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing companies for projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector's position in today's global marketplace. For more information, visit

Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary