Investing in Meat Processing Capacity in Niagara West

Published on May 12, 2021

Smithville - Today, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, announced $300,000 in local funding to increase productivity and wastewater capacity at Premier Kosher in Smithville and freezer and frozen meat tumbling capacity at Jadee Meat Products in Beamsville as part of the provincial and federal governments' investment of more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve productions and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program was focused on measures that could quickly increase processing capacity as the industry dealt with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.

"Food safety and security in our food supply chain is more important than ever," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"The federal and provincial investment in Premier Kosher and Jadee Meat Products is welcome news for the local meat processing industry in Niagara West."

"COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our processing industry to succeed in these challenging times," said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to improve productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario's food supply system strong."

The funding is part of both governments' investments to assist Ontario's agri-food sector in meeting challenges related to COVID-19. Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,400 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.