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Boosting Culinary Tourism in Haliburton Highlands

Ontario Supporting Innovative Local Food Projects

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ontario is helping develop culinary tourism in Haliburton Highlands, generating local economic benefits and increasing appreciation for local food.

The province is providing $14,000 through the Local Food Fund to the County of Haliburton to help develop a detailed culinary tourism action plan and strategy. In collaboration with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) and other key partners, the County of Haliburton will conduct research and hold stakeholder consultations. This project will also develop an inventory list and mapping assessment to capture regional food and culinary tourism attractions. The project is seeking to promote local food, creating ties within the community and developing a new tourism sector for visitors and residents of the Haliburton Highlands.

The Local Food Fund and new Local Food Act are part of the Ontario government's broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and processed across the province.

Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
  • Ontario food processors purchase about two–thirds of the food produced on the province’s farms.
  • The province’s investments in the Greenbelt Fund are connecting more farmers to new markets and putting more Ontario food in daycares, schools, universities, colleges, and restaurants, creating a projected return of more than $51.8 million — or a six to one return on investment for every dollar spent.

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“This project will help generate more tourism for the Haliburton Highlands by showcasing local food from the region. When we support the good things that are grown in Ontario, we create jobs, strengthen rural communities and grow our economy.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

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