Historic investment to help meet growing demand and strengthen competitiveness of
Canadian poultry sector
Elgin-Middlesex-London, November 27, 2018 - Today, Maple Leaf Foods announced plans
to build a $660 million value-added fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario. The
new 640,000 sq. ft. facility will be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing
plants in the world, with the highest standards for sustainability, food safety
and animal welfare. New technology includes advanced end-to-end process controls,
predictive food safety and production analytics, high yield filleting, air chilling
systems, heat and water conservation, emissions control, controlled atmosphere stunning
and remote video auditing. This new plant will boost productivity, preserve jobs
"It is a pleasure to attend this Maple Leaf Foods announcement of a $660-million
poultry facility in this community. I am proud to welcome this great news for Southwestern
Ontario," said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. "This shows that Ontario
is open for business. I want to thank Maple Leaf Foods for continuing to invest
in our great province and in Elgin-Middlesex-London."
Funding for the project includes an investment of approximately $605 million from
Maple Leaf Foods, and a $34.5 million contribution from the Province of Ontario.
Maple Leaf will also invest a further $5 million over the next five years on projects
that support the Company's goal to reduce its environmental footprint by 50% by
"This is the largest investment in the history of Ontario's agriculture sector,
it demonstrates industry confidence in our growing economy, and it's another example
of how we're making Ontario open for business," said Premier Doug Ford. "It's great
to see a company like Maple Leaf investing here in London. This innovative new plant
will modernize processing and help make Ontario's chicken farmers more competitive."
Chicken is the most consumed and fastest growing meat protein in Canada, offering
versatility, nutrition, and a lower environmental footprint. There is particularly
high demand for raised without antibiotics and halal chicken products, where Maple
Leaf has the leading national brands. This scale facility will address constraints
in Maple Leaf's current Ontario network, enhance operating efficiencies, and expand
its value-added product mix and capacity to meet growing consumer demand.
"Ontario is open for business, and that includes our dynamic food processing sector,"
said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Maple Leaf
Foods' new state-of-the-art facility in London will boost production, which will
positively impact Ontario's chicken farmers and meet growing consumer demand for
premium poultry products made in Canada."