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Ontario and federal governments to help dairy processors update technology

January 17, 2024
By Bakers Journal

Funds will help processors modernize their businesses to improve efficiency and ensure food safety

Toronto – Through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and Ontario governments will provide up to $8 million to create or increase processing efficiencies and enhance food safety in the province’s dairy processing sector.

“Ontario’s dairy processors work tirelessly to ensure their products meet the highest standards for quality and safety,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. “Through this $8 million shared investment under Sustainable CAP, processors will be able to access the technology they need to continue to grow and improve their efficiency.”

Eligible dairy businesses are invited to apply for funding through the Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative to acquire modern technologies that increase production efficiency and ensure food safety in their facilities, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a news release. Cost-share support through this initiative can be used to help cover the purchase and installation of new or refurbished equipment and its associated costs, such as training.

The Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative is open to cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo milk processors. Each eligible applicant can receive up to $200,000 in cost-share support. Applications open on April 2, 2024, and will remain open until the initiative is fully subscribed. Eligible project costs can be incurred as of April 2, 2024.

For more information, see the full news release or visit the Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative Guidelines.

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