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Felix Schellenberg lifts a cement manhole cover revealing a cylindrical depression in an expansive cement floor. Around him is a construction zone. Ten craftsmen are in the midst of erecting a massive post and beam structure — a state-of-the-art slaughtering facility at Redstone in the Central Chilcotin. It will be an abattoir known as Chilcotin Harvest Ltd. in the heart of cattle country, 150 kilometres west of Williams Lake.
The provincial government has expanded a two-year, foreign worker pilot project under its Provincial Nominee Program to address labour shortages in the food processing industries, announced Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
Government is now providing additional support for small operators applying for Class C licenses in isolated communities that do not have access to licensed slaughter capacity. New applicants who meet these criteria can now qualify for a Class C license immediately, and will have until December 31, 2009 to submit their construction plans. A second update to the regulation provides support to those who have already made significant investments in becoming fully licensed, by providing a 100-kilometre protective zone around fully-licensed plants.
At the BCFPA AGM Board President Robin Smith announced five new Directors to the BCFPA Board - Parm Bains, Westberry Farms; Michael Boehm, KPMG LLP; Reg Ens, Meyers, Norris, Penny; Neville Israel, Sun-Rich Fresh Foods Inc; Colin McMillan, J S McMillan Fisheries Ltd.
Local Food Processing Companies Honoured by the BC Food Processors Association. Arran Stephens, President of Nature’s Path Foods Inc. was awarded the BC Food Processors Association Leadership Award and Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd. received the Hall of Fame Award at the BCFPA AGM & Professional Development Day on...