Monday, February 26th 2018, Shawville (QC) – The Minister for Transport, Sustainable Mobility, and Transport Electrification and provincial Member for Pontiac, André Fortin, and the Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, announced today financial assistance for Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac for the construction of a new multi-species abattoir, including a cutting plant and vacuum packaging facility. The federal government has shown its support for this project through an $828 625 term loan from the federally-backed Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and an $83 875 term loan from the federally-funded Société d’Aide au Développement des Collectivités (SADC). The government of Quebec also contributed $736 200 in loans for this project. The new abattoir, which is supported by the MRC Pontiac’s Economic Tactical Intervention Group, will lead to the creation of at least ten jobs in the region.
The abattoir will have reliable specialized equipment as per recommendations from consultants. The business will offer fresh local products to its clientele and an abattoir service that is in close proximity to a number of beef, lamb, and goat producers as well as hunters from the surrounding areas. The abattoir will also conform to halal standards, thereby serving the growing Muslim community in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
‘’Today’s announcement is exciting news and our government is proud to support this project, which will contribute to the growth and vitality of the Pontiac. It’s so important for us to support and follow entrepreneurs through all steps in the development of their business. The construction of this new abattoir will stimulate the local economy, create jobs, and contribute to the region’s prosperity.’’William AmosMember of Parliament for Pontiac
‘’The establishment of a business, whether it’s the opening of a branch or the launch of a new enterprise, is vital to the economy of a region. Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac seized a great opportunity and perfectly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that BDC can only encourage and support.’’Éric DéryDeputy Vice-President, Business Development - Outaouais, BDC