Canada invests $5 million in new pig processing plant in Quebec

Agriculture Minister Bibeau and MP Schiefke highlight $5 million investment in new state-of-the-art hog processing facility near Vaudreuil, Quebec.

23 July 2021, at 7:32am

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges, Peter Schiefke, highlighted an investment of up to $5 million that helped CBCo Alliance increase capacity at its new hog processing facility in Les Cèdres, Quebec.

This investment, made through the Emergency Processing Fund, supported infrastructure upgrades and the purchase and installation of advanced processing equipment to increase productivity and boost production capacity. According to the company’s projection, it will have the capacity to process up to 20,000 hogs per week by 2024.

“The Quebec pork industry is an important contributor to our economy. While COVID-19 caused many challenges for the meat processing industry both here and across the country, the sector continued to step up. Through this funding, the Government of Canada supported equipment upgrades to help this local business increase capacity throughout the pandemic. And it’s an investment that will boost the competitiveness and strengthen the resilience of our food supply for the future,” Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges said.

The new facility began operations in November 2020 and is expected to create a total of 250 jobs in Vaudreuil–Soulanges once it is running at full capacity. This project supports the sustainability of Canada’s domestic food supply and increases hog processing capacity in Quebec, both now and in the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for Canada’s meat processing sector, and has shown the need for more diversified processing capacity. That is why the Government of Canada responded with targeted investments to help meat processors invest in safety measures to protect their workers and in facility improvements to ensure a strong food supply for Canadians.

“This is a significant development for the local economy near Vaudreuil, and a big help to the processing capacity challenges we have experienced over the past number of years. With this investment, CBCo Alliance is setting up a state-of-the-art facility to increase hog processing capacity here in Quebec, which helps our producers continue to deliver quality pork products to our grocery shelves. This project not only responds to challenges brought on by COVID-19, but also positions the industry for a stronger future.” Agriculture Minister Bibeau commented.