Province Invests In Local Food Initiatives
McGuinty Government Puts Focus On Community Projects
Ontario is encouraging local food sales by supporting marketing projects across the province.
To promote the local foods that fuel the people, communities and economies of rural Ontario, the province is investing in six new projects through the Ontario Market Investment Fund, including:
- "Buy Local" initiatives for Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Essex, and Haldimand
- A local distribution network for Eastern Ontario's organic farmers
- A promotional campaign for Ontario-grown berries.
With the announcement of these new projects, the four-year Ontario Market Investment Fund program has invested more than $2.7 million in 52 projects to date. The program helps develop economic opportunities through trade events, marketing campaigns and industry research initiatives that promote Ontario foods. It is also part of Ontario's enhanced investment in 'buy local' initiatives.
- The Foodland Ontario program has expanded to include meat, dairy and eggs in addition to fresh fruit and vegetables.
- The agri-food industry contributes more than $33 billion to the Ontario economy and employs about 745,000 people.
- The Ontario government is investing $24 million over three years to develop the logistics to get more Ontario-grown food into the province's schools, hospitals, food service companies and other institutions.
“The Ontario Market Investment Fund is helping these communities boost their economies and protect the environment by supporting efforts to sell fresh foods that are grown and made close to home.”