The Government of Ontario has invested $5 million in government funding for business expansion to Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, a Mississauga-based coffee and tea manufacturer, to help boost Ontario’s manufacturing sector and create new, good-paying jobs in the local community. The Ontario provincial funding adds into the total $33.4 million investment which will help develop, grow, and export new products.
Mother Parkers is a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and supplier. Established in 1921, Mother Parkers has evolved from a small grocery distributor in Toronto to an international tea and coffee company, manufacturing private label products for a few of the world’s largest retailers, restaurant chains, and its own brands.
“Mother Parkers’ expansion represents the success and growth seen across the entire Ontario agri-food processing sector. This major investment will continue to drive the creation of good paying jobs and demonstrates how Ontario is open for business.”
– Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario Business’ Plans for Manufacturing Expansion
The Ontario company plans to use their funding for manufacturing a new facility to develop a new blend of cold coffee and tea extracts. It will be built next to its existing facilities in Mississauga. With the construction of the new facility, Mother Parkers hopes to expand its products into an entirely new product line to be sold locally and globally.
“Local manufacturers, like Mother Parkers, are at the heart of communities across the province, creating good-paying jobs for local families and attracting more investments.”
– Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Of the total $33.4 million investment, the Ontario government is investing $5 million through the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness stream of the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) which is one of the province’s regional development programs.
The Regional Development Program has provided businesses with $74 million in support, creating more than 1,425 jobs in the province, and leveraging over $804 million in investments for 71 projects. To help local communities attract investment, diversify their economies, and create jobs, the program offers cost-shared funding to businesses, municipalities, and economic development organizations.
Canadian Government Funding for Manufacturing
Through the Regional Development Program, Ontario has been investing more than $100 million from 2019 to 2023 to strengthen manufacturing sectors in regions across the province.
Find other grants and loans for manufacturers by browsing our free Canadian Manufacturing Funding Programs Directory. Other programs such as the Agricultural Clean Technology Program (ACT) and CanExport SMEs Program provides federal funding for similar initiatives such as business expansion, software and tech development, hiring and training, and research and development.
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