New Jobs Created for Agri-Food Sector in Southwestern Ontario
Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in southwestern Ontario, creating 87 jobs and retaining more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy.
Through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the province will help Bonduelle adopt new technology to put new frozen vegetable products and packaging formats on the domestic and export markets, increase productivity, enhance food safety and increase exports. It is anticipated that exports to the U.S. will increase by $34 million per year, a 55 per cent increase over current levels.
Supporting a strong and innovative vegetable processing sector is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change.
The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is investing up to $8.5 million in Bonduelle’s $79.8-million facility expansion project through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund.
- Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes Ontario-grown vegetables in frozen and canned formats for Canadian and U.S. markets at its three Ontario processing facilities. The facilities produce 250 million pounds of finished vegetable produce annually.
- As part of the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the Food and Beverage Growth Fund supports food, beverage and bio-product manufacturing projects that help create and retain jobs, increase domestic and export market access and enhance innovation and productivity.
- Since January 2013, Ontario has committed over $950 million in projects administered under JPF, leveraging over $12 billion in total investment. This is helping to create and retain approximately 55,000 jobs.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, employing 94,500 people across the province.