Supporting Local Food and Beverage Businesses
Ontario and Canada Boosting Partner to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry
The provincial and federal governments are partnering to grow Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan made the announcement at Quality Cheese Inc. in Vaughan today, along with Francesco Sorbara MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through
Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the cheesemaker is able to purchase and install new waste stream management equipment to help reduce the risks to surface and ground water, increasing productivity and leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.
Quality Cheese Inc. is one of over 300 Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through
Growing Forward 2.
These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to create good middle class jobs by helping food processors develop products that reflect changing market tastes and seize new market opportunities.
Helping grow the agri-food sector is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
"By investing in businesses such as Quality Cheese Inc. we are helping boost the competitiveness of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. For the last five years, Growing Forward 2 has been integral in strengthening Ontario’s agri-food sector and I look forward to building on its success through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership."
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"By investing in local businesses such as Quality Cheese Inc., our government is supporting the economic growth of York region while building up our province’s food and beverage processing sector. I’m pleased to be here today to see first-hand the results of our investments, which are helping grow communities like Woodbridge and our province’s broader agri-food sector."
— Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan
"Food processors like Quality Cheese Inc., right here in Woodbridge, make up the single largest employers of all manufacturing industries in Canada and they contribute about half of all Canadian agriculture and food exports. Our Government knows that investments in food processing will pay off for people in this province and all across Canada and we want to continue to build upon this significant work, setting an ambitious goal of growing Canada’s agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025."
—Francesco Sorbara, MP Vaughan-Woodbridge
"The Growing Forward 2, Federal-Provincial-territorial initiative has assisted Quality Cheese in furthering our sustainability initiative by the installation of a waste water recovery system.This will assist us in improving our manufacturing operations that are focused on governing effective operations using safe, sustainable, agile and modern practices.
—Albert Borgo, Quality Cheese Inc.
- The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $18 million towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of this announcement.
- Over $1.8 million has been invested in 37 projects across York Region:
- AgroCrop Exports Ltd. received $100,000 to purchase and install a new processing line to help increase productivity and operational efficiency.
- Village Fare Foods Inc. received $130,459 for two projects to purchase and install new processing equipment and software, as well as to complete staff training and software customization to help better manage overall business operations.
- Hockley Valley Brewing Company Inc. received $31,748 to purchase and install a new chiller to enhance labour productivity, and help improve operational efficiency.
- 2443499 Ontario Inc. received $132,000 for three projects to conduct a first-time productivity assessment and to purchase and install a baking oven, advanced water-jet cutting technology as well as other equipment to help increase automation and improve labour productivity.
- Damon Industries (Canada) Ltd. received $1,000 for on-site training of the British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety to meet market challenges and opportunities.
- Sysco Canada, Inc. (Vaughan) received $3,060to attain first-time Safe Quality Food Level 3 Certification.
- Zavida Coffee Company Inc. received $58,207 to retrofit equipment and purchase new equipment to help increase labour productivity and efficiency.
- Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. received $74,037 to purchase and install automated packaging equipment to help increase production capacity, reduce costs, and increase opportunity to develop high variety of packaging formats.
- Cucina Foods Inc. received $100,000 to purchase and install an automated pouch filler/ sealer and case former/erector to increase labour productivity and efficiency.
- MiMi Food Products Inc. received $100,000 to purchase and install a new oven to help increase productivity and quality.
- Peppo Foods Ltd. received $78,109 for two projects to purchase food safety related equipment, implement facility modifications including upgrades to the blast chiller, and develop and complete Food Safety training as well as to complete a first-time pre-audit and certification audit for Global Food Safety Initiative certification
- Sapori Italiani received $72,157 to complete facility upgrades for food safety including the separation of a dry room and packaging room, flooring upgrades, refrigeration installation, and renovations for safe product flow to reduce cross-contamination.
- Acme Agriculture & Food Ltd. received $28,000 to purchase and install dehulling machinery and complete training to support the development of a new product.
- Bread House Ltd. received $2,612 to complete a gap analysis to help improve food safety.
- United Meat Products received $100,000 to purchase and install automated packaging and cooling equipment to increase automation and help improve labour productivity.
- Quality Cheese Inc. received 119,277 for two projects to purchase and install new waste stream management equipment to help reduce the risks to surface and ground water and to obtain an optimizing productivity plan to help support business growth.
- Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc. received $41,207 to purchase and install a vacuum cooler to help reduce food safety risks.
- Johnvince Foods received $90,342 to purchase and install new weighing equipment to increase labour productivity and increase efficiencies.
- Fresh City Farms Inc. received $21,750 for two projects to complete a business assessment to help with business growth and to complete a first-time assessment to identify gaps for HACCP and organic certification to help retain existing markets or access new ones.
- Sweets From the Earth received $98,089 to purchase and install automated equipment to increase labour productivity.
- Sabatini U Gourmet Foods received $37,592 to purchase and install x-ray detection equipment for food safety improvement.
- Vin Bon received $38,345 for two projects to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning system to help increase business growth and improve operational efficiency and to develop a comprehensive business plan.
- Casa Bonita Foods Inc. received $28,257 to purchase and install automated tortilla production equipment and receive first-time training to help improve labour productivity and efficiency.
- O'Doughs received $86,996 for two projects to purchase and install automated processing and packaging equipment as well as an upgraded blast freezer to help increase labour productivity and achieve efficiency.
- FGF Brands Inc. received $96,321 to purchase and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning system to help improve efficiencies.
- Shockingly Healthy! received $18,802 to perform marketing activities to access new domestic markets.
- Stephano's All Natural Bakery received $92,050 to purchase and install a multi-head volumetric form and fill packaging system to help enhance labour productivity and increase production throughput capacity.
- Max Meat received $61,774 for two projects to purchase and install a new packaging system and to install a custom built computer software package and hardware to help enhance labour productivity and facilitate future growth.
GF2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector. The provincial and federal governments have committed more than $50 million in cost-shared funding assistance to eligible food and beverage processors towards more than 950 GF2 projects.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will follow
GF2 and launch in April 2018. Programming will be accessible to food and beverage processors starting on the first business day in April, ensuring a seamless transition in support as GF2 concludes.
Quality Cheese Inc.
Office of Steven Del Duca, MPP
Tel: 905 893-4428
Office of Francesco Sorbara, MP
Tel: 905 264-644