It is in the company of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie Claude Bibeau, that the MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Peter Schiefke, confirms an investment of up to $ 5 million to help CBCo Alliance increase capacity of its new pork processing plant in Les Cèdres.
Carried out under the Emergency Processing Fund, the investment is used to finance the modernization of infrastructure as well as the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art processing equipment. Company management plans to process up to 20,000 pigs per week by 2024.
The new plant has been in operation since November 2020 and is expected to create a total of 250 jobs in Vaudreuil-Soulanges when operating at full capacity. This project supports the sustainability of Canada’s national food supply and increases the current and future processing capacity of pork in Quebec.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for the Canadian meat processing sector and demonstrated the need to diversify processing capacity. This is why the Government of Canada has made targeted investments to help meat processors invest in: safety measures to protect their workers; improved facilities to ensure a reliable food supply to Canadians.
“This is an important step forward for the local economy near Vaudreuil, which is helping us a lot to meet the transformational capacity challenges that we have faced in recent years, said Minister Bibeau. Thanks to this investment, CBCo Alliance is setting up a state-of-the-art plant to increase pork processing capacity in Quebec, which will help our producers continue to deliver quality pork products to our grocery store shelves. This project not only addresses the challenges posed by COVID-19, but also positions the industry for a stronger future.”
For his part, Peter Schiefke points out that the Quebec pork industry contributes enormously to our economy and that despite the fact that COVID-19 has posed many challenges to the meat processing industry, here as elsewhere in the country, the sector has overcome them.
“The Government of Canada provided this funding to modernize equipment and thereby increase the capacity of this local business during the pandemic, he said. In addition, this investment will boost competitiveness and strengthen the resilience of our food supply for the future.”