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Supporting Growth of Ontario Food and Beverage Businesses

News Release, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario and Canada Partner to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry

The federal and provincial governments are partnering to help grow Ontario's food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.

Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the announcement at the Wilton Cheese Factory in Odessa today, and was joined by Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the company rebuilt and upgraded its main cooler, helping to improve energy efficiency and achieve cost savings.

Wilton Cheese Factory is one of over 300 Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2.

Helping grow the agri-food sector is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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