Canadian meat and poultry company Maple Leaf Foods has received CA$90,380 (US$69,000) from the governments of Canada and Ontario to help the company grow its facility in Hamilton, Ontario.

The government funds, according to a news release from the Government of Canada, will be used to enable Maple Leaf Foods to:

Build leadership capacity and drive high-performance results by delivering a team-based, continuous learning and improvement environment for about 140 employees.


Provide training through Mohawk Colleges, which will ensure that employees have the knowledge and skills needed to improve efficiency and operations at the Hamilton facility.

"Maple Leaf’s Hamilton facility is the largest, most technologically advanced food processing facility in Canada, possibly in North America,” said Rory McAlpine, Maple Leaf Foods’ senior vice president, government and industry relations. We appreciate the support from the Ontario and Canadian governments, which played a direct role in helping Maple Leaf sustain and create approximately 700 high skilled, sustainable jobs right here in Hamilton."

The Maple Leaf Foods endeavor is one of 18 projects in the Hamilton region that have benefitted from CA$741,706 in provincial and federal government support through Growing Forward 2 – a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that provides funding for programs that improve innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.