Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 25, 2011 12:50 ET

Economic Action Plan Helps to Upgrade Manitoba Meat Processing Plant

CARMAN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced up to $2.8 million for Plains Processors to upgrade their meat processing plant. This Canada Economic Action Plan initiative, funded under the Slaughter Improvement Program, will open new markets for Manitoba livestock producers.

"Canadian livestock producers have proven they are world class suppliers of quality meats for the world," said Portage—Lisgar Member of Parliament Candice Hoeppner, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This project demonstrates the continued innovation and vision that has put our livestock industry on the map while helping producers increase their profitability."

Funding from the program will be used by Plains Processors to upgrade the existing provincially inspected facility to federal standards in order to expand market access. The project will provide cattle producers in Manitoba and the surrounding areas with access to a federally inspected red meat processing facility.

The $60-million Slaughter Improvement Program, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, makes 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.

The Plains Processors project is subject to the completion of a Contribution Agreement and meeting all the terms and conditions of the program.

For more information on this program, visit

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

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