The provincial and federal governments are supporting Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by helping local businesses expand production, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington and Pam Damoff, MP for Oakville North - Burlington, made the announcement today at EarthFresh Farms Inc., in Burlington. This support has allowed the vegetable processor to establish a dedicated organic onion packing line that will help EarthFresh introduce new products in Canada and in other markets, helping grow their business and the local economy.
EarthFresh Farms Inc. is one of 223 Growing Forward 2 food and beverage sector funding recipients from across Ontario. The program helps to achieve the federal government’s goal to create good jobs and grow the middle class, by supporting food makers to develop products that reflect changing market tastes and new opportunities.
Supporting jobs and growing local businesses in Ontario’s food and beverage industry is part of the provincial government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“By supporting food and beverage processors in Ontario, we are helping businesses expand to become more competitive both here at home and abroad. By working together, we will meet the Premier’s Agri-Food Growth Challenge of doubling the sector’s growth and creating 120,000 new jobs by 2020.”
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“By investing in local businesses such as EarthFresh Farms our government is supporting the economic growth of Burlington 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 communities like Burlington grow and strengthening our province’s broader agri-food sector.”
— Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington
“Supporting and growing the middle class starts with ensuring our local businesses can compete in ever-changing and expanding markets. Programs such as this allow us to create local jobs and grow local businesses beyond our regional borders to deliver premium quality home grown products across Canada and around the world.”
— Pam Damoff, MP for Oakville North – Burlington
“The agri-food sector is a vital part of Ontario’s economy. I’m proud our government supports this sector’s growth and success. By investing in local food and beverage processors, we are promoting Halton businesses and helping to create jobs and a stronger Ontario.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton
“The organic onion program is important to our long term objectives of providing healthy sustainable produce for the end consumer. Our customers are enjoying the new program and we look forward to growing it and increasing available supply each year.
— Tom Hughes, President, EarthFresh Farms
Growing Forward 2 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.
Growing Forward 2 in Ontario
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