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In keeping with its ambition to feed the world, Olymel maintains relations with various publics, such as its business partners, customers, employees, suppliers, the media and consumers. In its communications, the company strives for the highest possible level of transparency and adheres to a policy of openness in order to ensure its choices, orientations and achievements are better understood.

Richard Vigneault
Olymel corporative communications s.e.c.
Phone: (450) 771-0400
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Published 28 September 2020

Olymel invests over $30 millon in its St-Damase plant


St-Hyacinthe, Monday, September 28, 2020 – Olymel management today announced an investment of more than $31.5 million to expand its poultry slaughtering and cutting plant in St-Damase, Montérégie, in order to diversify operations and add new activities. This project will result in the creation of more than 80 new jobs and bring the total number of employees at this facility to nearly 500, spread over two shifts. This major investment is aimed in particular at equipping the plant with additional cutting, deboning and tray packing lines, as well as new
high-capacity, state-of-the-art equipment. The work, which is expected to last about a year, will take place without interrupting the plant's current operations and had begun today, Monday, September 28. This expansion will add 35,200 sq. ft. to the plant's current surface area.

Published 18 September 2020

Olymel announces the definitive closure of Machinerie Olymel in St-Valérien-de-Milton


St-Hyacinthe, Friday, September 18, 2020 – Olymel management announces the permanent closure of its Machinerie Olymel division, a mechanical manufacturing workshop located in St-Valérien-de-Milton, Montérégie. This closure will take effect on November 27 and will result in the loss of 23 jobs. The announcement of this closure was made to all 23 employees this morning and they were given 10 weeks' notice. An inventory will be made of positions available elsewhere in the company, mainly in the Montérégie region, and a large proportion of Machinerie Olymel's current employees will be offered relocation on a voluntary basis.

Published 20 August 2020

Olymel plant in Red Deer: Update on Covid-19 - The 13 employess placed in isolation after the discovery of one case have not contracted Covid-19 and rceeived negative test results


Red Deer, Alberta, Thursday, August 20, 2020 — As confirmed by Olymel on August 14, the company recorded the first case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic at its pig slaughter and cutting plant in Red Deer, Alberta, a facility that employs more than 1600 people. Following the discovery of this first case, the company set in motion its detection protocol and asked 13 employees who may have been in contact with their colleague who tested positive to stay at home and take the steps to pass a virus detection test. At the end of this procedure, all 13 employees tested obtained negative results and will therefore be able to resume their work shortly. The only employee who tested positive remains in isolation and Olymel wishes her a quick recovery.

Published 9 July 2020



St-Hyacinthe, Thursday, July 9, 2020 — Olymel management welcomes the improvements announced today by the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration, Nadine Girault, as part of the reform of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). In particular, these amendments will make it possible to create a pilot program in the food processing sector and to recognize the acquired rights of temporary foreign workers who are already employed by Olymel in Quebec, who will be able to apply for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). According to Olymel management, this is a step in the right direction.

Published 30 May 2020

Backlog of hogs ready for slaughter: Olymel and its employees at the St-Esprit, Yamachiche and Ange-Gardien plants add overtime shifts while supporting Les Moissons du Québec


St-Hyacinthe, Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Olymel management announced that more than 800 employees at its hog slaughterhouse and cutting plants in Yamachiche (Mauricie), St-Esprit (Lanaudière), and Ange-Gardien (Montérégie) have volunteered to work overtime shifts on this Saturday May 30 in order to reduce the number of hogs ready for slaughter and avoid euthanizing them. Given the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of the food processing sector, including slowdowns caused by lack of workers, the temporary closure of Olymel’s Yamachiche plant and the reduced capacity of other slaughterhouses, the number of hogs ready
for slaughter has never been so high in Quebec, exceeding the 100,000 head mark. The closure of many slaughterhouses in the United States has also deprived Olymel of an outlet that would have allowed it to deliver the surplus of hogs ready for slaughter in Quebec and Ontario to high-capacity American plants.

Published 6 May 2020

Sylvain Fournaise named Chairman of the Board of directors of the Canadian Meat Council


St-Hyacinthe, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 — Olymel management is proud to announce that Dr. Sylvain Fournaise, Vice President, Food Safety and Technical Services at Olymel, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC). The announcement was made on May 4 in Ottawa by the President and CEO of the CMC, Chris White. Mr. White highlighted Dr. Fournaise's vast experience in the meat sector as well as his ability to work in collaboration with other professional associations in this very challenging period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues.

Published 11 April 2020



St-Hyacinthe, Saturday, April 11, 2020 — After having implemented all the public health recommendations of the public health department of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS MCQ), Olymel management is announcing that its hog slaughter and cutting plant in Yamachiche, in Mauricie, will resume operations starting Tuesday, April 14. With the help from public health authorities and its partners at the plant, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Commission des normes, de l'équité et de la santé et sécurité du travail (CNESST) and the TUAC-Local 1991-P union, Olymel took advantage of the 14-day closure starting March 29 to implement a new protocol, the main objective of which is to protect workers' health and fight the spread of COVID-19.

Published 6 April 2020

COVID-19: Olymel supports the Food Banks of Quebec and encourages Quebecers to make a difference


Saint-Hyacinthe, Monday, April 6, 2020 — Every year, Olymel pursues its mission of feeding the world by supporting the Food Banks of Quebec network through its PURCHASE AND GIVE BACK program. The company supports these organizations in a variety of ways, by distributing meat servings or supporting its many employee initiatives. In this COVID-19 crisis, needs are even greater and Olymel is appealing to Quebecers’ generosity to improve the daily lives of thousands of families.

Published 3 April 2020



St-Hyacinthe, Friday, April 3, 2020 — The management of Olymel deplores the untruthful and irresponsible information that an anonymous person circulated on social networks on Friday April 3 to the effect that products from his pork processing facility in Yamachiche could transmit the COVID-19 virus.

Published 29 March 2020

Temporary closure of the Olymel pork processing plant in Yamachiche for the next 14 days


Trois-Rivières, Sunday, March 29, 2020 — In collaboration with the Mauricie-et-du-Centre du Québec Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS MCQ) public health department, Olymel management is announcing the temporary closure of the hog slaughter and cutting plant in Yamachiche for a period of 14 days. This is due to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 among plant employees, which has reached nine. The decision was made partly to protect the workers, and partly to limit community transmission.

Published 27 March 2020

COVID -19: Olymel continues to feed the world and thanks its employees for making a difference


During the ongoing crisis linked to COVID-19, the Olymel management team is ensuring that services are maintained, and would like to thank its 15,000 plus employees for all they do every day. Through their incredible work, they are setting a tremendous example. They are ensuring that essential products are delivered to grocery stores and distribution centres across Canada, all while adapting to operational changes brought about by the situation and adjusting to market upheavals. The company is grateful for the commitment and the fundamental nature of its employees' efforts.


Published 24 March 2020

Covid-19: Olymel announces measures to support its processing plant workers and feed the country


Due to the gravity of the situation and the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, Olymel is announcing support measures that will apply to its facilities in Quebec and the rest of Canada in order to support the efforts of its employees and continue to supply food to the citizens affected by the current health crisis.

Published 10 March 2020

Olymel's fermes boréales: Fifth sow barn to be established in Fugèreville


Olymel management announces that the fifth group sow barn in its Fermes Boréales project will be built in Fugèreville, Témiscamingue, becoming the second farm in this project to be established in this municipality. Built on the same model as the previous ones, the new Fugèreville farm will be located on Chemin du Petit-Dix and will create about ten full-time jobs. Contractor Françis Roy of Lorrainville will be in charge of construction, which is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, once the process is completed with the municipality of Fugèreville and certification from Quebec’s Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement durable is obtained. The construction phase is expected to generate around 30 jobs. This fifth farm is scheduled to begin operations in January 2021.

Published 3 February 2020

2020 Dux Grand Prix Awards Olymel awarded twice


Olymel management is proud to announce that it has earned not one but two DUX Awards at the DUX Grand Prix Awards Gala on January 29 in Montréal, in front of 500 Quebec agri-food industry representatives. A triple finalist in this 2020 edition, Olymel first won the jury’s favour in the Added-value product/Large company category with the Lafleur turkey breakfast sausage and then in the Communications campaign/Large company category with its advertising campaign for Olymel deli meats without artificial preservatives, nothing more to add.

Published 23 January 2020

"Purchase And Give Back" 3rd Edition Olymel gave back 7 million servings of pork and poultry in 2019 and has renewed its commitment for 2020


Olymel management is proud to announce the 3rd edition of its PURCHASE AND GIVE BACK program, an initiative created in 2017 with the collaboration of the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands. Given the incredible success of Olymel's 2019 effort – the program exceeded its $1.25M goal by $250,000 – Olymel is renewing its commitment for 2020 with an ambitious new objective: raise the equivalent of $1.5M for the Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ), or over 7 million servings of deli meats, pork and poultry.