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.
Fresh Local Food on the Menu in Grey County
Tax Credit for Farmers
Who Donate Food - Bringing More Local Food to Communities Across
Maple Syrup Producer Gets a Boost
Fund Local Food Challenge Participants
Foods Take the Stage at Premiere FoodService Trade Show
Food More Accessible In Ottawa
School Cafeterias Get a Local Food Makeover
Local Food for Southwestern Ontario
Healthy, Local Snack Options For Peterborough Students
More Local Flavour Into Ontario Craft Beers
The Face Of Local Tofu
Local Flavour Added To Hospital Meals
Local Food For City of Thunder Bay
Meals Get a Local Flavour Boost
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
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
The Act also:
- Helps increase access to local food, improves food literacy
in respect of local food, and encourages increased use of local
food by public sector organizations, by requiring the Minister
to establish aspirational local food goals or targets in consultation
with organizations that have an interest.
- Proclaims the first week of June each year as Local Food Week.
- Amends 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 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
These collaborative efforts and activities will be reflected in
an annual Local Food
Report (PDF Version
- 757 KB).
to Promote Local Food Passes Final Vote
Bill 36, Local Food Act, 2013
Link to new local
food literacy goals
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:
- Regional and Local Food Networks
- Enhanced Technologies, Capacity and/or Minor Capital
- Research and Best Practices
- Education, Marketing and Outreach
New Resource: "Best
Practices for Local Food - A Guide for Municipalities"
More Local Food to Universities and Hospitals
Fresh, Local Ontario Food Coming to a Cafeteria Near You
Premier Wynne promotes local food