The federal and provincial governments are supporting Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by helping local businesses expand production, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan — Woodbridge was joined by Steven Del Duca, MPP Vaughan and Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill in making an announcement today at Kisko Products in Woodbridge. This support has allowed the family-run freeze pop business to purchase and install an automated batching system to help increase efficiency, productivity and reduce batching errors.
Kisko Products is one of the hundreds of Growing Forward 2 recipients across Ontario and Canada. The program helps create good jobs and supports food processors to develop products that reflect changing market tastes and new opportunities.
Supporting jobs and growing local businesses in the food and beverage industry is part of the federal government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Our government recognizes the importance of the agri-food sector in our community and throughout Ontario. The Growing Forward 2 grant will help Kisko Products increase its productivity and leverage innovation to grow their business and the local economy. These investments will provide a positive benefit to Vaughan-Woodbridge, helping to create growth and future new job opportunities.”
Francesco Sorbara, M.P., Vaughan-Woodbridge
“The funds that we received offset a portion of the capital expenditure allowing Kisko Products to do the necessary automation and expansion of our mixing room and CIP. This has allowed us to increase our capacity and efficiency.
— Mark Josephs, President, Kisko Products
- The food and beverage processing industry employs 246,000 Canadians – the largest manufacturing employer in Canada.
- The provincial and federal governments are investing approximately $11.7 million towards 223 Growing Forward 2 projects across the province.
- Kisko Products, in Woodbridge, received $100,000 to purchase and install an automated batching system to help increase efficiency, productivity and reduce batching errors.
- Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada’s agri-food and agri-based products sector.