Quebec, Canada governments fund production line automation at De La Fontaine
February 9, 2023 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
The governments of Canada and Quebec are granting $4 million to window and door manufacturer De La Fontaine for automation and robotization.
De La Fontaine will use the funds to acquire automated and digital equipment to automate its full production line. The automation will focus on the folding and shaping steps and various cutting and gluing phases. To install the new equipment on the main floor, a second floor will be added to the current building for administrative offices.
The Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, Élisabeth Brière, on behalf of the Member of Parliament for Brome‒Missisquoi, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), the Honourable Pascale St‑Onge, along with Christopher Skeete, Minister for the Economy, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, accompanied by the Assistant Government Whip and Member for Saint‑François, Geneviève Hébert, made the announcement in January.
The aim of this investment project, valued at over $11.5 million, is to enable the business—which specializes in manufacturing steel doors and frames – to increase production in order to meet market demand and solidify its position in this sector.
As part of this project, the Government of Canada is granting a repayable contribution of $1 million under CED’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program. For its part, the Government of Quebec is granting $3 million through the Appui aux projets d’investissement favorisant la productivité et l’expansion des entreprises component of the ESSOR program, managed by Investissement Québec as the government’s representative.