O-I Canada will receive $3.5 million in government funding to modernise its Montréal plant.

The Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) will provide the repayable contribution as part of a nearly $40M investment from the Government of Canada for green, innovative projects in Quebec.

O-I Canada is one of the world's leading producers and recyclers of glass products. With the funding, the company plans to acquire digital production equipment to increase the amount of recycled glass introduced into the production line at its Montréal plant.

The expansion project will enable up to 75,000 tonnes a year of cullet and glass to be diverted from landfill sites.

Nicola Porrazzo, Senior Plant Manager at O-I Canada, said: “Our facility has produced high-quality, sustainable glass packaging in Quebec since 1905. Our family of proud glassmakers includes second- and third-generation employees who support us in our vision to be the most innovative, sustainable, and chosen supplier of glass packaging. Our partnership with CED will bring transformative innovations to our glassmaking capabilities that will heighten our sustainability ambitions for generations to come.”