The government is supporting Ontario dairy processing businesses to help ensure they continue to produce safe and high-quality dairy products. “We’re working with our provincially inspected dairy plants to help them continually maintain our high food standards and to ensure they produce safe, high-quality dairy products,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Investing in projects like these will add even greater protections for the health of the many people who enjoy these foods and products.” The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is launching new training for provincially inspected cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo dairy processing facilities. These plants will have access to specialized food safety cost-share funding to further decrease food safety risks through improvements to their pasteurization systems. Businesses that receive the training are also eligible to apply for cost-shared funding for capital improvements designed to further boost food safety measures in their operations through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership). Funding for the Partnership intake opens on February 3rd, 2020. To date, more than 2,400 projects have been funded through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.