Ontario - A great place to grow
your food business
Ontario's Food Industry
From Ontario to the world's tables
Ontario feeds millions of people around the world. We're home to the
third-largest food production cluster in North America - one of the most
diverse and competitive anywhere.
From large cities to our smallest rural communities, thousands of food
processing companies are flourishing in Ontario's moderate, four-season
climate. Ontario's food production resources include ingredient manufacturers,
specialty importers and other value-added processors, as well as essential
services such as analytical laboratories, specialty packaging, storage
and transportation businesses.
There's more: we have food science, processing and safety programs at
the University of Guelph - the country's oldest and most prestigious agriculturally
focused university - less than an hour's drive from Toronto. Vocational
food processing training is offered at a number of community colleges.
For confidential creative and technical solutions on product development,
packaging, shelf-life, food safety, quality, and productivity, food companies
can turn to the Guelph Food Technology Centre.
Ontario's multi-cultural diversity embraces more than 200 distinct ethnic
backgrounds and adds to the richness of what is produced here in Ontario
for consumption in the world's markets.
Ontario is home to an extraordinary breadth and depth of food industry
expertise and experience. That's why many global food industry giants
- some identified here - and tomorrow's emerging stars have invested in
Selected recent food industry investments in Ontario:
- Kellogg (U.S.) - Cereal plant ($120M)
- Ferrero (Italy) - Confectionary plant ($300M)
- Royal Canin (France) - Pet food plant ($50M)
- Puratos (Belgium) - Baking ingredient plant ($40M)
- Maidstone Bakery (Ireland) - Baking products plant ($250M)
- ANR Foods (Sweden) - Rice processing plant ($15M)
- Original Cakerie (Canada) - Frozen dessert plant ($45M)
- Maidstone Coffee (Canada) - Coffee roasting plant ($30M)
Access to Markets
In the heart of a vast market
One look at the map tells the story: Ontario's food producers and food
processors are strategically located in the heart of more than 400 million
Forty per cent of North American consumers live within a day's drive
of Toronto, Ontario's largest city. Your products can reach their markets
fast and fresh, thanks to Ontario's expansive network of 400-series high-speed
highways, which connects directly with other major Canadian arteries and
U.S. interstate highways.
For speed and cost-efficiency of delivery, trucking is usually the preferred
choice for Ontario's food producers and for importing food ingredients.
For less time-sensitive bulk shipping requirements, we have high-volume
rail and international inland marine shipping, and more than a dozen freight-friendly
border crossings. For small-volume high-value shipments there's convenient
access to international air cargo. And, to maximize your own productivity,
you can fly from Ontario's five international airports to hundreds of
U.S. cities within a few hours to meet with clients, suppliers and return
home the same day.
NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, came into effect in 1994
and has opened up trade with Canada, the United States and Mexico. NAFTA
has created a transparent, rules-based trade and investment environment
for Canada-based exporters and investors to keep trade rolling smoothly.
A Stable Place to Grow Your Food Business
Why choose Ontario to grow your food business? Ontario will welcome and
support your investment.
A robust, dynamic and diverse economy
Ontario's economy is one of North America's largest, and it's broadly
diversified, with export strength in automotive, aerospace, chemicals,
mining and biotech. Toronto is Canada's financial services hub and home
to our five largest banks - all of which are stable, well capitalized
and independent of government involvement. Since 2003, hundreds of leading
companies have invested more than $120 billion to expand in Ontario.
A key government priority for our Province's continued economic growth
is to help develop and maintain a skilled workforce. Our people are
Prepared: Our province has a high-quality, publicly
funded network of 20 universities and 24 colleges to educate and train
post-secondary students: More of our workers have post-secondary education
than any G7 country
Dependable: In manufacturing, the average on-the-job
tenure is 9.5 years (compared to 5.5 in the U.S.); that means lower transition
and training costs; and,
Diverse: More than 100 languages are spoken in Ontario,
so we can work with your customers and suppliers in their own language,
anywhere in the world.
Thanks to significant long-term economic growth, Ontario has maintained
exceptional quality of life that attracts and retains qualified foreign
workers. Our welcoming, multi-cultural society enables employees to preserve
ties with family and friends, both locally and globally. Employees have
easy access to vast recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities.
Reduced corporate burdens, low tax rates
Ontario is continuously reducing the costs of doing business - start-ups
require just two simple steps versus up to 20 in other industrialized
countries. Employee health care benefits cost Ontario manufacturers less
than half as much as their U.S. counterparts, and income from food manufacturing
and processing is taxed at a lower rate than general businesses.
Financial support programs
For eligible companies, government programs provide financial assistance
for infrastructure, human capital and the development and commercialization
of advanced technologies. Our R&D tax incentive program is one of
the most generous. The Business Development Branch of the Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is ready to assist companies interested
in applying for these programs.
How we can help get you started in Ontario
The Province of Ontario offers a number of programs and initiatives to
encourage food processing companies to set-up here. The Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is the provincial lead on the development
of Ontario's food processing industry.
Staff from our Business Development Branch focus on international companies
interested in maximizing their success by adding an Ontario location.
Branch personnel are highly specialized food processing industry advisors
whose goal is to make the move to Ontario simple and rewarding.
For more information about investment opportunities in Ontario, please
visit us at:
Phone: (519) 826-4447 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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