Funding of more than CAN$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) will be provided to support the dairy sector in Canada and protect worker health.
Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced funding totalling more than CAN$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to support Empire Cheese Co-operative, Kawartha Dairy and Mariposa Dairy, according to a recent press release.
Parliamentary Secretary Ellis also announced that Kawartha Dairy and Mariposa Dairy will receive a total of more than CAN$85,000 (US$64,800) under the Emergency Processing Fund to enhance worker safety in their facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, the Government of Canada has approved over CAN$28 million (US$21.3 million) in funding for 29 projects across Ontario that will benefit cheese, yogurt, cream and butter processors.
The Dairy Processing Investment Fund, valued at CAN$100 million (US$76,2 million), is designed to help dairy processors modernise their operations, improving productivity and competitiveness. The Emergency Processing Fund will provide up to CAN$77.5 million (US$59 million) to help food processors safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the pandemic.
Canada’s dairy processors sustain good jobs across the country, and the safe, high-quality products they supply help to ensure the viability of family farms and the vitality of rural areas.
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“Dairy processors are essential to ensuring that quality, safe foods remain in stable supply as the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. The improvements made to these facilities will better position our processors for new market realities and ensure essential workers are protected against Covid-19,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
“These investments will help to modernize Ontario’s dairy processing operations, which will increase productivity and enhance competitiveness. By providing for the urgent health and safety needs of workers in these facilities, we are helping these essential operations maintain food production and meet new public health protocol requirements,” added Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
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