Local Food

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.

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

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 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.

Tracking Progress

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 an annual Local Food Report (PDF Version - 757 KB).

Bill to Promote Local Food Passes Final Vote

Read Bill 36, Local Food Act, 2013

Link to new local food literacy goals

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: 02 July 2015