Setting the Table for Local Food in Ontario
McGuinty Government Planning to Introduce Local Food Act
Ontario is planning to introduce a bill that supports, promotes and celebrates the good things grown and made in Ontario.
Farmers in Ontario grow more than 200 different agricultural commodities -- including a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products -- and each farmer produces enough food to feed 120 people a year.
If passed, the Local Food Act would:
- Support one of the province's leading industries, one that contributes more than $33 billion to the economy each year and employs more than 700,000 Ontarians.
- Promote and celebrate the local things Ontarians grow, make, serve, sell or eat.
- Provide a framework for developing goals and targets around the production, processing, distribution, sales and marketing of Ontario food.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $100 million to support local, fresh Ontario food initiatives and to encourage local organizations and businesses to promote and carry Ontario food products.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector.
- Ontario accounts for 22 per cent of Canada’s agri-food exports.
- The U.S., Asia and Europe are the top destinations for Ontario food exports.
“Our government is committed to supporting, promoting and celebrating local food. That’s why we’re building on the good work we’ve accomplished with our industry and community partners, to help the sector be even more prosperous, competitive and sustainable.”