Created on 3/25/2021 12:21:06 PM
March 25, 2021 — Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP) applauds the Ontario government for tabling a budget which focuses on economic recovery, supporting businesses, investing in skills development, and helping working parents. We are pleased to see that the government is continuing and expanding critical support programs for companies, large and small, who are still dealing with the devasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time investing in recovery initiatives which will help bolster the Ontario economy for the future.
“The province’s focus on supporting Ontario businesses in dealing with the effects of the pandemic and coming out stronger on the other side is clear in its 2021 Budget” said Michael Graydon, CEO of FHCP. “At a time when manufacturers are doing everything they can to support the Ontario economy, it is great to see that the government is recognising the important contribution of essential businesses and front-line workers and is ready to support them now and after the pandemic.”
The creation of the Invest Ontario Fund, along with the expansion of the Ontario Made program, are some of the key initiatives that we welcome from yesterday’s Budget due to their focus on local investment and growth for all levels of businesses.
We are also pleased to see support for workers, as the pandemic has exacerbated the labour and skills gap in our sector. The introduction of the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit and of the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee will help address this concern, and the investments in childcare will go a long way to helping our dedicated front-line workers.
We will continue to work closely with the Ontario government to ensure that we can continue to operate and provide essential products on store shelves and support our essential workers.