Ontario investing $6 million to bring more local food to the table
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this investment during Ontario Agriculture Week, while visiting Fresh City Farms in Toronto's Downsview Park.
The government will provide the funding to the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization that helps encourage consumption of local food in the Greenbelt and across Ontario.
The investment announced today will support:
Projects for institutions in the broader public sector, including schools and hospitals, to buy and use more Ontario foods;
Marketing activities, such as workshops and advertising in print and trade media, to celebrate local food champions for their success, leadership and innovation;
Projects to improve food literacy and access to local food; and
New tools on Ontariofresh.ca, the Greenbelt Fund's online platform, to help connect local food buyers and sellers.
The economic and health benefits of a thriving agriculture sector and locally produced food were two of the reasons that led the province to create the Greenbelt in 2005. The Greenbelt permanently protects almost 2 million acres of environmentally sensitive land and farm land in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) from urban development. ■