Dr. Oetker Creating Jobs in London

New Plant Shows Value of Liberal Partnerships with Business

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Premier Kathleen Wynne was in London today to attend the grand opening of the new Dr. Oetker pizza plant. The plant is an example of Ontario’s growing agri-food industry, and the Liberal approach to create jobs by partnering with business.


The new plant will help create 120 new jobs in London, with many more indirect jobs to be created as the company will use ingredients for their pizzas from Ontario farmers and food processors in the region.


Dr. Oetker made a nearly $135 million one-time investment to build the plant in London – the company’s first in North America. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals partnered with the company to build the plant through a $7 million investment from the Rural Economic Development Program.


The 2014 Liberal Budget included a 10-year, $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to partner with businesses and create jobs.  Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals will re-introduce the Budget if re-elected on June 12.


Andrea Horwath’s NDP put the future support of companies in the agri-food sector and the Jobs and Prosperity Fund at risk when they chose not to support the 2014 Liberal Budget.


The Hudak PC proposal to slash 100,000 jobs would put Ontario’s economy and the agri-food sector at risk by plunging the province back into a recession. Fewer people at work will result in less money invested back into the economy, leading to thousands of layoffs of highly-skilled workers.



“I firmly believe that for Ontario’s economy to succeed, we need to partner with business and industry to support investments in our province. This plant is a testament to how Ontario Liberals  have been working together with companies to find opportunities and create good jobs for the people of Ontario.”

— Premier Kathleen Wynne


Quick Facts 

  • The 2014 Ontario budget proposes a dedicated fund of $40 million a year over 10 years for Ontario’s agri-food industry to help support Ontario’s farmers, attract new investment, create new jobs, enhance productivity and competitiveness, and expand the industry’s market reach – both at home and abroad.
  • The Ontario Government partnered with Natra, a Spanish chocolate maker, to create 56 new jobs in London, investing over $2.8 million to help set up their first North American facility.
  • In 2012/2013, the Ontario Liberal government created and retained more than 2,400 jobs by investing $503 million in programs and services for the food processing sector.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.
  • With $10.8 billion in exports for 2012, Ontario is among the leading export provinces and enjoys a well-earned international reputation for quality, safe food.


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