OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The agriculture minister of Canada recently announced it would invest C$5 million into a CBCo Alliance hog facility in Les Cèdres, Quebec, to increase capacity.

The investment was made through the Emergency Processing Fund which was set up to support infrastructure upgrades and install advanced processing equipment. CBCo Alliance said the capacity will be 20,000 hogs per week by 2024. 

“We are very pleased to participate in the development of pork slaughter and processing in Quebec,” said Mario Côté, Jocelyn Bertrand and Janin Boucher, the co-owners of CBCo Alliance. “We are proud to be Canadian pork producers and we want the best for this industry. This plant is the future of our organizations.”

The new facility started operations in November 2020. According to the information from the Canadian government, the plant is expected to create 250 jobs once at full capacity.

Established in April 2019, CBCo Alliance Inc. was created when three businesses – Élevages J. Bertrand Inc., Le Groupe Cérès Inc. and Groupe Mario Côté Inc. – came together at the Les Cèdres plant.