Local Food

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.

More Fresh Local Food on the Menu in Grey County

Tax Credit for Farmers Who Donate Food - Bringing More Local Food to Communities Across Ontario

Ontario Maple Syrup Producer Gets a Boost

Greenbelt Fund Local Food Challenge Participants

Ontario Foods Take the Stage at Premiere FoodService Trade Show

Local Food More Accessible In Ottawa

High School Cafeterias Get a Local Food Makeover

More Local Food for Southwestern Ontario

Providing Healthy, Local Snack Options For Peterborough Students

Putting More Local Flavour Into Ontario Craft Beers

Changing The Face Of Local Tofu

More Local Flavour Added To Hospital Meals

More Local Food For City of Thunder Bay

Hospital Meals Get a Local Flavour Boost

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:

  • Help increase access to local food, improve food literacy in respect of local food, and encourage increased use of local food, by requiring the Minister to establish aspirational local food goals and targets in consultation with organizations that have an interest.
  • Proclaim a Local Food Week that will take place annually, beginning the first Monday in June.

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.

Bill to Promote Local Food Passes Final Vote

Read Bill 36, Local Food Act, 2013


Local Food Fund

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:

  1. Regional and Local Food Networks
  2. Enhanced Technologies, Capacity and/or Minor Capital
  3. Research and Best Practices
  4. Education, Marketing and Outreach

New Resource: "Best Practices for Local Food - A Guide for Municipalities"

Bringing More Local Food to Universities and Hospitals

More Fresh, Local Ontario Food Coming to a Cafeteria Near You


Premier Wynne promotes local food

Premier Wynne visits the Ontario Food Terminal

 

Premier Wynne attends farm tour and roundtable discussion hosted by Renfrew County.

 

Premier Wynne visits the St. Catherines Farmers' Market

 

Premier Wynne celebrates local food at the City of Toronto's launch of its new Kid-Approved Local Food Recipe Book.


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 4 November 2013
Last Reviewed: 12 November 2014