Desormeaux Meats gets a cut of Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding

Brian Vandenberg, Desormeaux Meats proprietor. Van Dusen photo, Nation Valley News file

14 S-D-SG projects reportedly to share $144,195

CRYSLER — Desormeaux Meats Incorporated is getting a cut of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.

One of 670 reportedly “approved” Ontario projects, the Crysler abattoir’s purchase of a backup generator and offal disposal equipment is eligible through the program, according to the office of local MPP Jim McDonell.

However, in an updated release issued Sept. 24, the McDonell camp has corrected the program’s local expenditure — acknowledging that an investment of $144,195 is actually spread over 14 projects in his Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry riding.

Aimed at farmers and agri-food businesses, the provincial government recently committed another $7.9 million in cost-share funding to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, as announced by Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 2,500 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

“Farmers continue to face many challenges, so helping them to improve their operations is welcome news,” said McDonell. “The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has benefitted our farms in their efforts to increase food safety and labour productivity.”

“Our farmers work tirelessly to supply the array of safe, high-quality agricultural products that feed our province, our country and the world,” said Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “By making these strategic investments we are helping to improve the competitiveness of our agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability, especially during these difficult times.”

Eligible improvements include enhanced traceability systems, upgraded animal-handling equipment, and strengthened biosecurity measures.

Examples of other supported projects include:

  • Improving food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards;
  • Planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses;
  • Actions to help prevent pest damage at greenhouse operations;
  • Developing a product that will open new sales markets for a farm business; and
  • Upgrades to animal-handling equipment and improved biosecurity measures.

The funding comes in addition to programming launched this year to assist the sector with the COVID-19 outbreak. Those measures include the launch of a portal to connect farms and other agri-food sector business with labour needs to job seekers; the creation of the  Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program; and the recent investment of an additional $50 million into the Risk Management Program for this year, one year earlier than originally promised.

This article was updated to include the local MPP’s correction about the local funding figure being spread over 14 projects with S-D-SG.

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