Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

January 12, 2011 13:19 ET

Now Accepting Applications for Final Payments from Canada's Economic Action Plan: Abattoir Competitiveness Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2011) - The Abattoir Competitiveness Program is now accepting applications for final payments. Eligible applicants have until January 31, 2011 to take advantage of the program.

"Canadian beef producers and processors drive our economy and create jobs", said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This investment from Canada's Economic Action Plan will help give producers a market for their older cattle, while building a strong, competitive meat processing sector for the future. This program is a perfect example of what Canada's Economic Action Plan was designed to do – help our producers and processors maintain a key part of our economy and build a stronger country for all Canadians."

The Abattoir Competitiveness Program was developed from the Agricultural Flexibility fund and provides a one-year, up to $25 million injection designed to help cattle slaughterhouses maintain critical capacity in Canada for OTM cattle while the industry undertakes efforts to become more innovative and competitive when dealing with specified risk material (SRM).

"We all know that the sector has faced major challenges in the past years. Our Government has always been sensitive to the difficulties experienced by producers and responded with efficient and concrete measures, like the Abattoir Competitiveness Program, which help our meat processors across Canada invest to become even more competitive", said Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture).

Federally, provincially and territorially inspected cattle slaughter facilities that slaughtered over-thirty-month-old (OTM) cattle in Canada during 2009 and 2010 calendar years are eligible for support based on their 2010 production of specified risk material (SRM) from OTM cattle in Canada. Applicants who did not apply for an initial payment may apply for a final payment, but on the basis of their production of SRM from OTM cattle during the final payment period only, which is between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

Note that completed application forms must be received by the administration no later than 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 31, 2011. Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Deadline extensions for the final payment phase of the program will not be granted.

For more information on the Abattoir Competitiveness Program and how to apply, visit, call 1-877-290-2188 or e-mail

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Celine Falardeau
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Communications Lead
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary