Canada supports a cheese factory in Quebec

The funding will help increase production capacity, productivity
calendar icon 30 May 2023
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Earlier this month, while visiting La Trappe à Fromage de l'Outaouais in Quebec, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau, along with the Member of Parliament for Gatineau, Steven MacKinnon, announced an investment of up to $1,548,800 for the company to increase production capacity and productivity.

This investment, under the Supply Management Processing Investment Fund, will help La Trappe à Fromage de l'Outaouais purchase and install automated equipment to enhance its cheese manufacturing and packaging processes. This expansion project is expected to increase processing capacity at the Gatineau plant. It will also support the company's competitiveness and enable it to diversify its product offering.

The Supply Management Processing Investment Fund helps processors of supply-managed commodities increase their competitiveness and resilience in the face of evolving markets. The Fund is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to support processors in these sectors to address the impacts of recent international trade agreements.

The press release said Canada will continue to preserve, protect, and defend Canada's supply management system. "The system supports the livelihood of producers by providing the opportunity to receive fair returns on their labour and investments, while consumers benefit from a steady supply of high-quality products," it said.

"Canada's supply management system contributes to the viability of family farms and is the backbone of rural communities here in Quebec and across the country," said Bibeau.

"La Trappe à Fromage has developed an incomparable expertise in the Outaouais region," said MacKinnon. "With its cheeses made with 100% local milk, it contributes to food autonomy and the vitality of the region. This investment demonstrates our willingness to continue to invest in our cheese factories in order to improve their competitiveness and contribute to their sustainability."

"We are proud of the 16,000 square foot expansion of our new plant," said Gilles Joanisse, co-founder of La Trappe à Fromage de l'Outaouais. "Our dream, which has been in progress for 28 years now, is possible thanks to the quality of our products, the confidence and loyalty of our customers, the commitment of our teams and the financial support of several partners, including the federal government."

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