Province in Partnership to Bring More Local Food to Kids
Ontario Building Awareness of Local Food, Supporting Farmers
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the the Danforth Child Care Centre today to highlight the government's commitment to local food, and to celebrate the launch of the City of Toronto's new Kid-Approved Local Food Recipe Book.
In the recent budget, the government announced $30 million over three years to support projects that help promote local food across Ontario.
The government also introduced a local food bill earlier this year that, if passed, would celebrate and support the good things grown, harvested and made in Ontario. The proposed legislation is part of a broader local food strategy that encourages the growth and development of markets for foods grown and made in Ontario, and supports innovative and collaborative local food projects.
The 2013 Budget is designed to create jobs and help people in their everyday lives. By promoting local food, the government wants to provide a boost to the agri-food industry, build stronger communities and grow the economy.
- Agriculture and related industries contribute more than $34 billion to the provincial economy and employ more than 710,000 people.
- The food processing sector is the province's second-largest manufacturer, with the GTA being one of the top three food processing clusters in North America.
- Ontario’s food processors purchase about two thirds of the good things that are produced on the province’s farms.
- Since 2010, the Ontario government has contributed $13 million to the Greenbelt Fund to promote Ontario food.
“Eating local isn’t just good for Ontarians – it’s good for our economy. That’s why our government will continue to work with the agri-food sector to promote the good things that are grown in Ontario, and make it easier to reach for local food at home, in restaurants and in grocery stores.”