OMAFRA December Food Business Knowledge, Connections & Resources

OMAFRA December Food Business Knowledge, Connections & Resources

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Please find below some recent items including information for manufacturers in the federal fall economic statement, proposed changes to meat and dairy regulations, Yves Landry Foundation fund for training, Safe Food for Canadians Regulations information sessions, marketing resources and support for research and development.

The Federal Fall Economic Statement: Improving ROI on New Capital Investments 

The federal government’s Fall Economic Statement is proposing three important immediate changes to Canada’s tax system:

·        Allowing businesses to immediately write off the cost of machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing or processing of goods.

·        Allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of specified clean energy equipment.

·        Introducing the Accelerated Investment Incentive, an accelerated capital cost allowance (i.e., larger deduction for depreciation) for businesses of all sizes, across all sectors of the economy, that are making capital investments.

What this means for you: quicker write-offs means that asset is off the balance sheet faster which improves your financial position. Talk to your financial/tax advisor for implications.

What to do: Capital investments are a big decision for every size business. Companies that re-invest in new equipment and technology can improve productivity, lower labour costs through automation, improve food safety and produce new products – all of which will help make you more profit.

What else:  Some equipment may be eligible for grant support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.  Ask Kevin for details.

Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open For Business Act, 2018, to repeal numerous provisions of the previous government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017  (Bill 148). Employers must continue to comply with the requirements of Bill 148 until the proposed repeal comes into force.  One primary change is minimum wage will remain at $14.00 per hour.

An electronic version of the Bill is available on the Legislative Assembly website at:

Ontario Proposing Changes to Meat Processing Regulations

The Ministry is proposing changes to O. Reg. 31/05 (Meat) made under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. The changes would reduce burden for provincially licensed meat plant operators in Ontario while maintaining food safety.

The proposed amendments are now on the Regulatory Registry, with comments accepted until January 10, 2019.

Proposed amendments to Regulation 761 under the Milk Act

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) is proposing amendments to Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products, under the Milk Act.

The proposed amendments are intended to help reduce burden for existing dairy processors, new and expanding dairy processors, and small foodservice and retail operations.

The proposed amendments are now on the Regulatory Registry, with comments accepted until January 10, 2019.


Yves Landry Foundation

The Yves Landry Foundation has established the AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence) Global initiative, offering manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $100,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a competitive advantage.

The AIME Global initiative will support two types of eligible training activities:

1.Training that supports the adaption of new technology, new processes or procedures or a change within the company to support innovation.

2.Training that supports and develops highly skilled personnel in any area that leads to innovation.

Program details are available on-line at:

or contact Kevin Montgomery for a program guidebook.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

  • Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • The training has to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training cost

Contact Kevin for program guide or who to contact.



Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Outreach Sessions

To help ensure that your business will be prepared – the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is hosting the following outreach sessions in your area to learn more about what the SFCA and SFCR mean for your business:

Guelph – Monday December 3, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 259 Woodlawn Road West, Suite A,
Guelph, Ontario N1H 9J1

Chatham – Friday December 7, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 120 Wellington Street West,
Chatham, Ontario N7M 3P3

Hamilton – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 709 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1A2

London – Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 19-1200 Commissioners Road East,
London, Ontario N5Z 4R3

Kingsville  – Monday, December 17, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 1-106 Wigle Avenue,
Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 2J8

St. Catharines – Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – 13-395 Ontario Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario L2N 7N6

Please R.S.V.P. to Sumitra Meetun, by November 28, 2018 to secure your spot.  Please indicate which session you are interested in attending and number of attendees. If you are unable to attend in person, virtual participation by teleconference or WebEx will be available. Please RSVP for connection details.

Marketing Resources and Support


Market Reports – if you would like some sector market intelligence, contact Kevin.  We have access to some market reports. E.g. the ice cream sector in Canada, gluten-free market in Canada, tomato product imports.


Trade Shows: Restaurant Canada

Note the Ontario Pavilion for the 2018 RC Show is sold out.  You can still exhibit in the main show.  Contact Lerna G., Sales & Operations Manager, Restaurant Canada (formerly CRFA), T. 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4223  email:

The federal government also announced new funding to support exporters.  Details will be available in 2019.  In the mean-time there are existing programs like Agri-Marketing that cover some costs.


Ontario Food Exports: OMAFRA’s food export team has advice and contacts to help you grow your business through exports.


Export Market Assistance: administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  Cost-share funds available to support attendance at trade shows and other related costs.  Contact Kevin for details or online at:

Research and Development

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): supports your internal labour costs for research and development. Different levels of cost-share percentage and maximums depending upon size of project. E.g. new robotic filling line – custom designed and lots of tweaking for your fillings because of viscosity and heat sensitivity. Contact Kevin to connect you with the appropriate NRC Industrial Technology Advisor.


Canadian Agricultural Partnership: New Product or Process Category: up to $75,000 cost-share 35% grant. Eg. new coating/flavouring of snack product.  Could cover equipment and testing. Next intake expected in early 2019.


Kevin Montgomery

Business Development Consultant

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

Tel. 519-674-1693  Mobile: 519-362-1499


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