Ontario is a strong supporter of local food. Since 2003, the province has invested more than $160 million in initiatives and projects that help promote and celebrate the good things that are grown, harvested and made in Ontario.
Local Food Act, 2013
In November 2013, Ontario passed Bill 36, the Local Food Act, 2013 to help foster successful and resilient local food economies and systems in Ontario, help increase awareness of local food in Ontario, including the diversity of local food, and develop new markets for local food.
The Local Food Act - the first of its kind in Canada - is designed to help build Ontario's economy, create more jobs and expand the agri-food sector, by making more local food available in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.
The Act will also:
The ministry is committed to measuring progress on goals or targets established under the Local Food Act, 2013.
The ministry recognizes the excellent work being done by organizations and associations to advance local food in the Province of Ontario. We want to leverage these activities to continue the momentum of working toward the objectives of the Local Food Act, 2013.
We will continue to work in collaboration with stakeholders to establish baselines and performance indicators for any goals or targets.
These collaborative efforts and activities will be reflected in the annual Local Food Report.
The Local Food Fund is a key component of the government's Local Food strategy and is designed to support innovative projects that celebrate local food and economic growth in Ontario.
The Fund supports projects in four categories:
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