Resources for abattoirs

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Where can I get funding to build a new abattoir?

While there are no specific grants available for building new abattoirs, there are business resources and financial supports available through organizations including:

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries programs applicable to abattoirs:

Provides funding to producers and processors to acquire business consultants, disaster recovery planning services, and coaching.

Contact
B.C. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES
Toll Free: 1-888-221-7141
Email: agribusiness@gov.bc.ca

Provides funding to food and beverage processors for hiring business consultants to improve decision making, optimize operating procedures, and improve production capacity and labour productivity.

Contact
B.C. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES
Toll Free: 1-888-221-7141
Email: Agribusiness@gov.bc.ca

Offers a rebate to livestock operators including abattoirs who purchase and install approved tag readers.

Contact
Phone: 604-484-3490
Email: bctraceability@ca.pwc.com

Provides funding to food and beverage manufacturing facilities including abattoirs to implement and improve food safety practices.

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FOOD PROCESSING SKILLS CANADA
Toll Free: 1-877-963-7472
Email: DPoulin@fpsc-ctac.com

Provides funding to agriculture, food and seafood businesses (including abattoirs) to implement facility-based traceability systems, practices, technologies and infrastructure.​

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PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
Phone: 604-484-3490
Email: bctraceability@ca.pwc.com

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).

Contact
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
Phone: 604-484-3490
Email: bctraceability@ca.pwc.com

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.

Contact
B.C. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES
Phone: 1-888-221-7141
Email: bcpid@gov.bc.ca

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.

Contact
SMALL BUSINESS B.C.
Phone: 604-775-5525
Toll Free: 1-800-667-2272
Email: askus@smallbusinessbc.ca

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, loans and matching contributions for economic development priorities in the southern interior of B.C., including agriculture.

ECONOMIC TRUST OF THE SOUTHERN INTERIOR
Phone: 236.420.3680 ext. 0
Email: info@etsi-bc.ca

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
Phone: 250-871-7797
Email: info@islandcoastaltrust.ca

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.

Contact
NORTHEN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE TRUST
Phone: 250-561-2525
Email: info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

 
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.

Contact
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.

Contact
FARM CREDIT CANADA

Abbotsford: 604-870-2417
bcabbots@fcc-fac.ca

Dawson Creek:
250-782-1346
bcdawsoncreek@fcc-fac.ca

Duncan: 250-715-2304
bcduncan@fcc-fac.ca

Kelowna: 250-470-5050
bckelowna@fcc-fac.ca

Surrey: 604-576-3577
www.fcc-fac.ca


Your financial institution may have an agriculture department. Contact them and find out if they have supports for abattoir businesses.

Where do I get permit to process, cut and wrap, or sell meat to the public?

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:

Where can I get training related to meat cutting and abattoirs?

Training is a requirement for certain types of provincially licensed abattoirs.

Where can I find workers?

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.

Contact
MISSION COMMUNITY SKILLS CENTRE (LANGLEY OFFICE)
Phone: 604-427-1991
Email: ets-langley@missioncsc.org

 

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.

Contact
WORK B.C.
Phone: 250-952-6914
Toll Free: 1-877-952-6914

 

Where can I find an industry group that represents my abattoir?

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:

Where can I find support for Indigenous or woman-owned businesses?

Provides financial support to work with a B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries’ 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.

Contact
B.C. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES
Toll Free: 1-888-221-7141
AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca
 

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.

Contact
Toll Free: 1-866-367-8506
Email: aafc.indigenouspathfinderexplorateurautochtone.aac@canada.ca

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. 

Contact
Phone: 250-828-9833
Email: info@cfdcofcifn.com

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.

Contact
WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE CENTRE
Toll Free: 1.800.643.7014
E-mail: inquiry@womensenterprise.ca

Provides supports and resources to women entrepreneurs in agriculture, agribusiness and food.
 
Contact 
FCC Women Entrepreneur Program
Toll Free: 1-888-332-3301