CORNWALL — The Ontario government is helping make Cornwall open for business and open for jobs by investing in the province’s manufacturing and food processing sectors, creating 69 new jobs and retaining 24 positions.
Today, Jim McDonell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, announced that Ontario is investing more than $1.5 million from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund to support, which is establishing a new 150,000 square foot peanut-free food processing and production facility in Cornwall to increase production capacity.
The project also includes investing in new equipment, which will significantly improve efficiency and produce 1,200 bars per minute. The equipment will also allow less trim to be discarded, thereby reducing waste. The project will create 59 new jobs and is expected to be completed by September 2022.
“Ontario’s government is committed to the success of our regions,” said MPP McDonell. “Through investments like these, we’re creating an environment where businesses in every corner of our province can focus on what they do best — developing great products and services and building successful companies. It’s great to see Leclerc Group invest in Cornwall, while creating jobs and strengthening the regional economy.”
“We are grateful for the support and collaboration we have received since our arrival. The investment announced today demonstrates, once again, the relevance of our decision to implement our eighth plant in Cornwall, a strategic location within North America, which will allow us not only to increase our productivity, but also to be an important player in creating new jobs,” said Jean-Sebastien Leclerc, Vice-President Co-Manufacturing and Manufacturing Structure of Leclerc Group.
- Ontario recently launched the Regional Development Program, which is part of the government’s business supports transformation initiative, one of five key recently announced priority Smart Initiatives. The program is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario together through smarter government and by protecting core programs and services.
- There are over 470,000 small businesses (with 1-99 employees) in Ontario, accounting for almost 98 percent of all businesses in the province.
- Ontario has over 10,000 businesses with 100 or more employees that account for roughly two per cent of the province’s businesses.
- According to Stokes Economics, eastern and southwestern Ontario accounted for over $184 billion or more than 23 percent of Ontario’s economy in 2018.
- Since June 2018, employment in Ontario has risen by 256,200.