Food & Consumer Products of Canada and select members met virtually with the Ontario government, including Premier Doug Ford and Ministers Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction to discuss sector needs as the industry and the economy move toward a post-pandemic normal.
Grocery Business reached out to FCPC to learn about the meetings, which took place last week and this week. Anthony Fuchs, director, communications and public relations, says FCPC and its members held the virtual meetings because Ontario is an important province for FCPC members.
"Ontario is home to more than 3,000 food processing facilities and more than 100,000 food processing jobs - more than any other province. It is in fact the second largest food processing hub in North America.
"Food processing is also deeply connected with Ontarian agriculture - we buy two thirds of Ontario’s agricultural output. While yesterday’s meeting with the Premier was primarily consumer goods focused, we also met with him and key ministers on the food side last week to discuss areas of concern and opportunity within the supply chain."
FCPC has been working closely with the Ontario government to ensure members' essential businesses can continue to make the products Canadians rely on while maintaining safe facilities, products and ensuring the safety of employees during the pandemic.
"We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss the ongoing profound impacts of COVID-19 and how we can work with Ontario to build resilience in the food supply, as well as make sure food and consumer products manufacturing can be an engine for Ontario's recovery," says Fuchs.