North Bay’s Canada Meat Group Inc. is receiving nearly $150,000 to increase production and efficiency in its meat processing plant with the purchase of a vacuum sealer and shrink tank.

The $148,3242.20 comes from the provincial and federal governments’ investment of over $7 million into the agri-food sector.

“We appreciate so much the support from the government of Ontario during this challenging time,” said Oleksandr Zahrebelnyi, Owner and President of Canada Meat Group Inc. “The new equipment allows us to keep our current business and even start a new division.”

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve production and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program was focused on measures that could quickly increase processing capacity as the industry dealt with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.

“The COVID pandemic has made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our local processing industry to overcome these challenging times,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to upgrade productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario’s food supply system strong.”