Ontario is a strong supporter of local food. Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 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
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario recently passed Bill 36, Local Food Act, 2013. The Act fits into the Ministry's broader local food strategy. The purposes of the Local Food Act, 2013, are to foster successful and resilient local food economies and systems in Ontario, help increase awareness of local food in Ontario and develop new markets for local food.
The new legislation - the first of its kind in Canada - will 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:
Bill 36 also amended the Taxation Act, 2007 to create a non-refundable tax credit of 25 per cent for farmers who donate their agricultural products to eligible community food programs such as food banks.
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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