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Govt Steps in to Support Levinoff-Colbex Abattoir

29 October 2009

CANADA - Minister Blackburn has announced that the government will invest C$9.6 million in the Levinoff-Colbex cattle slaughterhouse.

The Government of Canada is investing up to $9.6 million to help improve the long-term profitability of eastern Canada's largest culled cattle slaughter plant in Quebec. This is the first project announced under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Slaughter Improvement Programme, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

Farmer-owned Quebec beef packer, Levinoff-Colbex, has been conditionally approved for a loan to construct a new processing facility next to its existing slaughter house in St-Cyrille-de-Wendover. The loan is contingent on Levinoff-Colbex completing a significant financial restructure.

"It's imperative that Quebec farmers and, indeed, farmers throughout Eastern Canada have access to slaughter facilities," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture). "I'm proud that the Government of Canada is again supporting Colbex, and I thank Colbex for making the commitment to restructure its finances to make this happen."

With 375 employees, Levinoff-Colbex provides a key service to the bovine livestock sector in eastern Canada, serving as the only significant slaughter facility for cull cows for producers in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Levinoff-Colbex slaughters and processes 150,000 cull cattle per year.

This federal government loan is made in addition to a $10 million loan already granted by Farm Credit Canada to the farmer owners of Levinoff-Colbex, in order to finance part of their initial investment. The announcement shows decidedly that the federal government continues to build on a strong history of support to Quebec's farmers.

The $50 million Slaughter Improvement Programme makes federal repayable contributions available to support sound business plans aimed at reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving operations of meat packing and processing operations in Canada.

Businesses can continue to submit applications under the Slaughter Improvement Programme up until 30 October 2009.

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