Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 14, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Grants $230,000 in Funding to Bleu Lavande for Expansion Project

MAGOG, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 14, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $230,000 in repayable funding to Bleu Lavande Inc. for the conversion of a 32,000 square-foot leased plant in Magog to house the firm's manufacturing, packaging and distribution operations and for the outfitting of this industrial facility. This project will enable the Stanstead-based business to better meet the challenges brought on by its rapid growth. Indeed, Bleu Lavande is a company in full expansion, with five franchised shops currently operating in the greater Montréal area and another five slated to open by the end of 2010. Requiring an overall investment of more than $2 million, this project will result in the creation of 23 new full-time jobs. 

"The Government of Canada was unhesitating in its decision to support this Bleu Lavande project, an initiative that will create direct and indirect employment in Estrie and stimulate the regional economy. The recent investments this innovative company has made to meet the rising demand for its products and pursue its booming growth are sure to yield results," explained the Minister of State.

Bleu Lavande is one of North America's leading producers of officinal lavender. The enterprise uses lavender essential oil in the manufacture of such products as soaps, cosmetics, culinary items and perfumes. The Stanstead establishment will henceforth be reserved for welcoming the 200,000 or so tourists who visit the company's lavender fields each summer.

This financial assistance from Canada Economic Development has been granted through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), a measure intended for those communities most affected by the economic downturn, particularly those whose economies are largely based on the primary industries and manufacturing sector. Established under Canada's Economic Action Plan, this billion-dollar measure is aimed at stimulating job creation and supporting local economic diversification and restructuring efforts.

For more on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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