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Ontario investing $6 million to bring more local food to the table

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Ontario is providing $6 million over three years to increase sales of local food by making it more widely available and building awareness of the variety of food grown and produced in Ontario.

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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.


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