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Growing Innovative Local Food Projects in Western Ontario

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Growing Innovative Local Food Projects in Western Ontario

Ontario Supports 11 Local Food Ideas

The province is helping western Ontario agri-food businesses increase awareness and demand for local food.

Eleven recipients in the region have received funding from Ontario's Local Food Fund to support innovative local food projects that increase demand and sales of Ontario food, stimulate new investment and strengthen Ontario's agri-food sector, while also celebrating local food.

Regional recipients include:

Supporting local food innovations is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • The Local Food Fund is part of the government’s broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and made across the province.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes over $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 760,000 jobs.
  • Since 2003, the province has invested approximately $140 million to help support sales of Ontario foods.
  • In 2013, Ontario’s total agri-food exports exceeded $11 billion - a more than 9 per cent increase from 2012.

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Jeff Leal

“Today’s Local Food Fund recipients are pivotal to the success of our province’s agri-food industry. When we invest in local food projects we not only support innovation and grow our economy, we strengthen the connection between farmers and consumers.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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