Ontario announces $34.5-million investment in Maple Leaf Foods’ chicken processing plant in London

Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Photo: https://www.ontario.ca

Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, today announced a $34.5-million investment in Maple Leaf Foods’ modern and innovative chicken processing plant in London over the next five years.

“This is the largest investment in the history of Ontario’s agriculture sector, it demonstrates industry confidence in our growing economy, and it’s another example of how we’re making Ontario open for business,” said Ford. “It’s great to see a company like Maple Leaf investing here in London. This innovative new plant will modernize processing and help make Ontario’s chicken farmers more competitive.”

Government officials say the new plant will focus on the highest standards for sustainability, food safety and animal welfare, and will raise productivity and help increase demand for more chickens from Ontario’s farmers.

Also in attendance were Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure; Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Minister of Transportation.

Quick facts:

  • Maple Leaf Foods is investing more than $658 million in its new chicken processing plant in London.
  • By employment, Ontario has the third-largest food and beverage processing sector in Canada and the United States, with sales of more than $39.6 billion a year
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