Thompson surveys food processors to develop new policy proposals

Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MPP.

QUEEN’S PARK— A new survey to determine ways to strengthen the province’s food processing industry and keep it competitive is being launched by Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MPP.

She and Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC agriculture, food and rural affairs critic, are asking Ontario’s food processors to complete an on-line survey that asks 32 questions, including multiple choice and short answers. The survey asks about government red tape, challenges with staffing, competition, and barriers to using Ontario ingredients.

“From small abattoirs and bakeries to large manufacturing facilities the Ontario food processing industry is a vital part of our economy,” said Thompson, who is PC energy deputy critic. “We need to look at how government interacts with this industry and ensure that red tape and unnecessary paperwork aren’t holding our companies back.”

With the results from this survey and the Ontario PC agriculture survey, the PCs intent to develop policy proposals for the province’s agriculture, food, and beverage industries.

According to the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, there are over 3,000 food processors in Ontario who have a combined economic impact of $39 billion and employ 120,000 people.

“Ontario food processors are the largest purchaser of Ontario’s agriculture products, buying 65 per cent, so it’s important that these sectors are both strong and working effectively together to succeed,” said Hardeman.

“I invite all food processors and manufacturers in Huron-Bruce to share their ideas and expertise so we can identify and address the challenges they are facing,” said Thompson. “I want to support this valuable industry to continue to grow and create jobs and prosperity.”

To participate in this survey, visit online. To request a copy, please call 416-325-3467 or e-mail lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org.

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