Ontario and Canada Boosting Partner to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry
February 23, 2018
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.
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph made the announcement at Royal City Brewing Co. in Guelph today, along with Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the brewery purchased upgraded packaging equipment to help increase labour efficiency and expand to new markets, leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.
Royal City Brewing Co. is one of over 300 Ontario food and beverage processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through GF2.
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 Royal City Brewing Co. 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
“Food and beverage businesses form the largest employer of all manufacturing industries in Canada, accounting for one out of every eight jobs. Investing in the growth and innovation of these Ontario companies will contribute to our government’s goal of increasing Canada’s agri-food exports to $75-billion by 2025 and supporting the creation of good middle class jobs.”
— Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
“By investing in local businesses such as Royal City Brewing Co., our government is supporting the economic growth of Guelph and Wellington County 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 Growing Forward 2 investments, which are helping grow communities like Guelph and our province’s broader agri-food sector.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph
The ten local businesses receiving $403,871 have something in common. They are taking agricultural inputs to create value added agri-food products locally: creating jobs and economic activity that supports growth in our economy. Guelph and our surrounding area is truly Canada’s food nexus, thanks to the great work being done by Royal City and the other businesses undertaking projects focused on growth of their businesses.
— Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph
- The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $18 million towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of this announcement.
- Royal City Brewing Company Inc., in Guelph, received $42,140 to purchase upgraded packaging equipment to help increase labour efficiency and expand to new markets.
- Over $825,000 has been invested in 18 projects across Wellington, Huron, Bruce and Grey County:
- Rootham's Gourmet Preserves Ltd. received $57,869 to purchase and install an automated packaging line to improve labour productivity and efficiency to facilitate further market expansions.
- Woodrill Farms Ltd. received $34,475 to purchase a mobile mixing unit to help improve labour productivity and product quality.
- Puresource Inc. received $92,750 to purchase and install a new encapsulator to help increase labour productivity and production output.
- Escarpment Laboratories Inc. received $14,238 to purchase and install new equipment to help increase automation and labour productivity; and increase production output to meet market demand.
- Dixon's Distilled Spirits will receive up to $4,250 for consulting services to complete a feasibility study.
- Filsinger’s Organic Foods & Orchards received $69,178 to purchase and install processing equipment to improve labour productivity and efficiency.
- The Sweet Shop received $7,500 to complete a business plan to help address business growth needs.
- Lower Valley Beverage Company received $6,471 to develop new processes, undergo product testing, product analysis and label development to help expand domestic markets.
- Rose Valley Farms received $75,000 to install soybean processing equipment to expand domestic and export markets.
- West Grey Premium Beef Inc. received $88,872 to purchase and install an automatic cutter/slicer and a vacuum packaging machine to help improve labour productivity and operational efficiency.
- Everspring Farms Ltd. (Seaforth) received a total of $138,839 for three projects to perform marketing activities to help retain existing markets and access new markets, to purchase and install equipment for sprouted cereal grain segregation expansion to help enhance labour productivity, increase production capacity and improve quality, and for succession planning.
- Hanna's Maple Syrup will receive up to $31,298 to purchase and install equipment and upgrade the facility to help meet federal food safety standard and enter new markets.
- Schaus Trading Company Ltd. will receive up to $75,000 to modify facilities and purchase equipment to help develop new processes to expand domestic markets.
- Shady Grove Maple Co. Ltd. received $13,115 to complete facility improvements and upgrades to help improve food safety.
- Bold Canine Inc. received $75,000 to purchase and install automated tunnel freezing equipment to help support the development of new products and expand domestic and global markets.
- 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
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will follow Growing Forward 2, launching on April 1, 2018.
Growing Forward 2 in Ontario