Local Food Literacy Goals

In the fall of 2014, the Ontario government consulted with stakeholders to develop aspirational local food literacy goals under the Local Food Act, 2013.

Food literacy goals

The following goals are established by the Minister and are applicable to all Ontarians. We acknowledge the richness that is derived from our diverse population, including indigenous peoples, citizen of all ages, and new Canadians. Improving Ontarians' food literacy has the potential to support the health of Ontarians.

Under the context of the Local Food Act, 2013, the aspirational food literacy goals are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of Ontarians who know what local foods are available.
  • Goal 2: Increase the number of Ontarians who know how and where to obtain local foods.
  • Goal 3: Increase the number of Ontarians who prepare local food meals for family and friends, and make local food more available through food service providers.

"Local food" is defined within the act as follows:

  1. food produced or harvested in Ontario, including forest or freshwater food, and
  2. subject to any limitations in the regulations, food and beverages made in Ontario if they include ingredients produced or harvested in Ontario;

This definition recognizes the traditional knowledge, diverse cultures and holistic belief systems of indigenous peoples and includes their traditional foods.

These aspirational goals will be underpinned by a varied set of performance measures (quantitative and qualitative) to help gauge progress toward any goal.

The government will report on the three food literacy goals in the annual Local Food Report. In collaboration with stakeholders, the initial focus will be on establishing baselines for measuring progress related to the goals.

With the establishment of these food literacy goals, the Ontario government aims to not only increase food literacy among Ontarians, but also encourage increased collaboration and an ongoing food literacy conversation between government, industry and the public.

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 28 January 2015
Last Reviewed: 28 January 2015