$150,000 grants are available for Ontario meat processors and abattoirs!

This program aims to support eligible free-standing meat plants and provincially licensed abattoirs by providing funding for equipment upgrades to improve efficiency and productivity. As part of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the MPCII will prioritize projects that promote food safety and strengthen Ontario's presence in the global market.

Funding Overview

The maximum funding amount a successful applicant can receive is $150,000 with a 60% cost-sharing requirement.

Eligible project costs can be incurred as of July 26, 2023. Eligible projects must be completed with equipment delivered by March 1, 2024. Recipients will have until June 28, 2024 to have their equipment installed.

Eligibility Requirements

Ontario Meat Processing Plants & Abattoirs.

Eligible Activities

Expenses for equipment and associated costs of:

  • Increased cooler/freezer capacity, including:
    • Reefer trailers
    • Condenser units
    • Seals on cooler/ freezer doors
    • Air flow upgrades in coolers/ freezers (e.g. fans)
  • Waste management handling/processing, including:
    • Equipment and structures to handle, store and dispose of deadstock and processing by-products (e.g. blood and wastewater holding tanks)
    • Equipment and structures to handle, store and dispose of SRM (e.g. chilled and frozen storage, SRM screen system for whole plant)
    • In-vessel composting, treatment and disposal (e.g., hides, feathers, deadstock)
  • Animal handling/processing, including:
    • Barn/holding pen upgrades (e.g. chute design, increase size/capacity)
    • Animal restraints/knock boxes/upgrades (e.g. non-slip floor, upright restraints)
    • Kill floor/evisceration room equipment (e.g. Stunning equipment, hoists, bleed rail, saws, pneumatic skinning knife, hide pullers, leg cutters)
  • Product Handling/processing, including:
    • Conveyer/rail systems, winches, hydraulics, skinning beds/cradles, automated tote washer, scales, vacuum packaging, mixers
January 31, 2024, or until the initiative is fully subscribed​

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