Resources for abattoirs
On this page:
- Where can I get funding to build a new abattoir?
- Where do I get permit to process, cut and wrap, or sell meat to the public?
- Where can I get training related to meat cutting and abattoirs?
- Where can I find workers?
- Where can I find an industry group that represents my abattoir?
- Where can I find support for Indigenous or woman-owned businesses?
While there are no specific grants available for building new abattoirs, there are business resources and financial supports available through organizations including:
The province's programs applicable to abattoirs:
Provides funding to agriculture, food and seafood sector organizations and value-chains to implement sector-wide or value chain traceability systems, practices, technologies and infrastructure. Value chains are groups of three or more eligible businesses connected along a supply chain (e.g. a business partnership among a producer, processor and distributor).
Premises Identification (ID) links livestock and poultry to specific geographic locations. In the event of an emergency, premises ID information improves the ability of governments and industry to rapidly notify animal owners, contain animal disease outbreaks and more effectively respond to natural disasters like floods or fires. There is no cost to participate in the program.
Small Business BC
Business support resources including starting a new business are available at Small Business B.C.
Provides small businesses with programs, products, services and support to aid development and growth, improve productivity, increase profitability and benefit from new opportunities.
Small Business B.C.
Toll Free: 1-800-667-2272
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
Provides an overview of the funding opportunities available to B.C. agricultural producers, processors (including abattoirs), innovators and associations. The programs listed are funded through a variety of sources, including the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (a $3 billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector). Note that information about government programs is available free of charge.
Regional economic development agencies that help start/grow abattoir businesses:
Each of 34 Community Futures offices provides flexible and affordable small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a rural business. Find your local Community Futures office here.
Provides grants and services for economic development on Vancouver Island and in the Sunshine Coast region including agriculture. Programs include support for economic infrastructure and innovation, economic readiness support, bursaries towards select economic development courses and networking events, and sponsorship for regionally significant development or sectoral events.
Island Coastal Economic Trust
Provides non-repayable funding for businesses and associations that pursue agriculture projects in line with economic development priorities in central and northern B.C. Various programs are available including innovation funding, consulting service rebates and infrastructure support.
Northern Development Initiative Trust
Financial supports for abattoir businesses are available at:
Provides access to financing, advisory services, and investment capital for entrepreneurs in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Business Development of Canada
Toll Free: 1-888-463-6232
Provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers and agribusinesses operations. Farm Credit Canada is a financially self-sustaining federal commercial Crown corporation.
Your financial institution may have an agriculture department. Contact them and find out if they have supports for abattoir businesses.
All meat processing, cut and wrap, and sales activities require a Food Premises Permit obtained from a regional health authority. Contact your local health authority for more details:
Training is a requirement for certain types of provincially licensed abattoirs.
- SlaughterRight Training is a licensing requirement for Farmgate and Farmgate Plus licences and does not provide meat cutting training. SlaughterRight is a training resource developed by the province to support producers in safely and humanely slaughtering their animals on-farm.
- Retail meat cutting training is available at Thompson River University Meatcutter Program, an Industry Training Authority subsidized program
- Slaughterhouse skill training is available at Olds College Alberta Meat Processing Program
Whether you are looking for staff or needing support, there are resources available for you:
Provides paid training to individuals who would like to get jobs in the agri-food and beverage processing manufacturing fields. Provides a means for employers to obtain well-trained employees while reducing the usual start-up costs associated with new hires.
Mission Community Skills Centre (Langley Office)
Grant for training workers: B.C. Employer Training Grant Program
Provides matching grants for employers to support skills training for current and
new employees. This includes developing new skills and obtaining certification, and
upgrading skills because of automation or to enhance productivity.
Toll Free: 1-877-952-6914
It is beneficial to join an industry organization to access practical industry specific resources and supports for your abattoir operation. Many abattoir organizations in B.C. choose to work with the associations below:
- BC Meats (previously B.C. Association of Abattoirs)
- Small Scale Meat Producers Association
- B.C. Food and Beverage
- Small Scale Food Processor Association
Provides financial support to work with the province's’ pre-approved Qualified Business Consultant. Services include feasibility analysis, financial and business planning and skills development for agriculture and food production and processing activities, including for community food security.
Toll Free: 1-888-221-7141
Provides tailored for advice and referral to help Indigenous clients (i.e. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and organizations, including businesses and non-profit associations) navigate the relevant information, tools and supports available from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada to start or expand activities in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Toll Free: 1-866-367-8506
Promotes and provides community economic development support services to Indigenous groups within the Central Interior of B.C. Programs include pre-employment, entrepreneurial, financial and business management courses. The Corporation also provides small business loans including for agricultural initiatives.
Helps BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses, with a full range of services includes business loans, additional financing through a partnership with Business Development Canada, business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical resources and a supportive community.
Women's Enterprise Centre
Toll Free: 1.800.643.7014