Southwestern Ontario Development Funding for Nestle Canada

Nestlé Canada is a food and beverage processor that manufactures and sells a variety of products from coffee to frozen meals to pet foods. Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé is a highly-respected brand and a global market leader that achieves consistent growth both in Canada and across the world.

Nestlé Canada’s business expansion project recently attracted over $390,000 in government funding support through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.

Nestlé Canada’s ice cream facility in London, Ontario received Ontario government funding through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF). This support, combined with the company’s own investment, will be used for facility expansion to update the manufacturing process and allow for more flexibility in the production lines.

Nestlé Canada Business Expansion Funding with SWODF

Nestlé Canada’s London, Ontario facility manufactures and distributes ice cream and frozen desserts. Some popular brands produced at this manufacturing plant include Parlour, Drumstick and Häagen-Dazs.

Nestlé Canada’s superior branding and global awareness has enabled new growth opportunities, including greater penetration of its North American markets. Expanding the company’s London, Ontario plant will help serve its growing consumer base while also diversifying product lines. Ultimately, Nestlé’s investment of over $2.2 million will help drive productivity and output, enabling the division to become more competitive against local and global competition.

Through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Nestle has been awarded over $390,000 in Ontario government funding.

This funding will offset a portion of Nestlé’s project costs and improve its scale, scope, and positive impacts. As result of the project, Nestlé Canada expects to create 12 new jobs and retain another 380 existing jobs.

About the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) supports small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) seeking to increase productivity and develop innovative facilities. It offers government grants and loans to offset a portion of large-scale facility and equipment expenses related to enhancing productivity and driving global competitiveness.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund provides up to 10-15% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $1.5 million in Ontario government grants.

To apply for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, businesses must ensure they’re deemed eligible for the program, then must develop/submit a comprehensive application package which reviews the business and proposed project. Applicants with a strong commitment to investment and job growth, such as Nestlé Canada, may then be awarded funding.

To learn more about capital investment projects that can be awarded government grants and loans, please download the Expanding Production in Canada slide deck.

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Mitra Zaimi is in Honours Legal Studies and Business with a minor in Economics at the University of Waterloo. As Mentor Works’ Sales Development Analyst, Mitra engages with business owners to connect them with government funding initiatives.

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