Food processing businesses in Ontario will receive more the $5.4 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help them improve food safety, increase labour productivity and enable better access to markets, an Aug. 27 news release from the Ontario provincial government, says. More than 75 projects across Ontario will be supported through the funds.
“By investing in this sector, we are helping our homegrown processors become more competitive, more innovative and better positioned to keep supplying safe, quality foods for domestic and international markets,” Ernie Hardeman, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, says in the release.
Some specific types of projects supported through this programming include implementing technology or other systems to improve food safety. Transitioning to automated, advanced manufacturing and/or robotic processing technology to enhance labour productivity. And developing new products or processes to increase sales.
A list of approved projects is posted online at: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/processor-projects.htm