At a visit to Foodshare Toronto today, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that applications are now open for a new Local Food Fund!
The fund is part of a $30 million dollar investment from the province to create jobs and support innovative local food projects over the next three years. This fund is also part of the government’s broader local food strategy to increase awareness and demand for foods grown and made in Ontario. It will support projects that:
- Market and promote local food
- Strengthen regional and local food networks by increasing partnerships along the supply chain
- Use new and innovative equipment and processes to boost the supply, quality, availability and distribution of local food
Supporting local food is part of the Ontario government’s plan to grow the economy, create jobs and help people with their everyday lives.
“Supporting local food does so much for Ontario. We are committed to working with our industry partners to increase the demand for local food, which will feed local economies across the province. By supporting partnerships and innovation, this fund will make sure more people benefit from the good things that grow in Ontario.” said Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food
While Ontario has invested more than $116 million to support local food since 2003, this is welcome news for our food sector. The agriculture and food sector, from farm to fork, contributes approximately $34 billion to the provincial economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.
You can find the Local Food Fund Application and guidelines here!