Province Serving Up Local Food Projects
Ontario Announces Support for More Than 60 Projects
Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Stonemill Bakehouse today to celebrate the introduction of its Prince Edward County Rye Bread and highlight more than 60 other innovative local food projects across Ontario receiving support through the province's new Local Food Fund.
The Local Food Fund is part of the Ontario government's broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and made across the province. For Stonemill Bakehouse, Ontario is investing $147,000 through the fund to help the company:
- Market and increase distribution of its new Prince Edward County Rye Bread across the province
- Expand the use of rye grown in Prince Edward County in its other breads
- Strengthen its supply chain with Prince Edward County farmers and challenge other retailers, bakeries and farmers to establish local food supply chains
Supporting the 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.
- Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across the province.
- Ontario’s Local Food Act allows the province to work with sector partners to set targets and goals to increase awareness, access and sales of local food in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.
- The province’s food processors purchase about two–thirds of the food produced on Ontario farms.
- Ontario’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 $49.3 million — or a six to one return on investment for every dollar spent.
“Stonemill Bakehouse has shown fantastic leadership by building a new local food supply chain with Prince Edward County farmers. I believe working together to support local food is a key ingredient to the success of our agri-food industry — it creates jobs, strengthens our communities and grows our economy.”
“It’s great to see local food processors like Stonemill Bakehouse recognizing the value of sourcing from Ontario farmers and building strong connections in the agri-food industry. Creating more locally grown products is good for business and good for Ontario consumers.”
“Our vision to build an environmentally sustainable local infrastructure to bring healthy food from the farm to the table is ambitious and exciting, and it just makes sense. We plan to source exclusively Ontario-grown grains by 2018, and challenge retailers, other food producers and farmers to join us in building the food infrastructure for a cleaner planet.”
“Rye is making a comeback. It was a crop my great grandfather used to harvest, and now I’m growing it for Stonemill. I think this is a crop that’s going to take off.”
“Stonemill is a leader in the baking industry with respect to environmental and social responsibility and is leading change in the bakery sector. This project will be a catalyst for the creation of a local infrastructure that connects farmers directly with bakeries and, ultimately, consumers.”