Ontario commits $10 million to expand livestock processing capacity

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The Government of Ontario is launching a new round of the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative, with support of the federal government’s Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) program.

The $10 million program will provide funding to eligible free-standing meat plants and abattoirs to make short-term investments in meat handling and processing equipment, technologies, and practices that improve efficiency, productivity, and food safety.

There are approximately 480 provincially licensed and 239 federally licensed abattoirs and free-standing meat plants in Ontario.

The initiative will provide up to $150,000 per eligible applicant. The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative will also cover consulting and engineering costs associated with planning future projects.

This is the second iteration of the fund and builds on previous investments of over $14 million in the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) since 2020.

Applications open on August 31, 2023, and will remain open until January 31, 2024 or until the initiative is fully subscribed, whichever comes first. Eligible project costs can be incurred as of July 26, 2023. Eligible projects must be completed with equipment delivered by March 1, 2024. Recipients will have until June 28, 2024 to have their equipment installed.

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