New commercial kitchen helps MetroWorks Employment access new markets, create opportunities
June 30, 2021 · Halifax, NS · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the number of Canadians that continue to face barriers to being fully included in their communities, workplaces and the economy. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing to help social enterprises like MetroWorks Employment Association upgrade equipment, reach new markets and expand vocational opportunities for those who face barriers to employment.
Creating communities in which all citizens are fully included
Today, the Honourable Geoff Regan, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, announced a non-repayable contribution of $75,000 to help MetroWorks renovate the Stone Hearth Bakery. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
The Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, also provided $75,000 towards the project.
The federal funding supported the purchase of specialized equipment to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency requirements for national and international food distribution. The newly completed facility is helping local food entrepreneurs access affordable food manufacturing while providing an additional 20 employment and training opportunities.
Strategic investments like this one are examples of how the Government of Canada is working with organizations to break down barriers to accessibility and inclusion, helping ensure that Canadians of all abilities have a full and equal chance to participate in the economy.