Ontario Premier and Minister of Agriculture Kathleen Wynne was on hand at Foodshare Toronto yesterday to announce that applications are now open for a new Local Food Fund.
“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,” Wynne says.
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, according to the province. 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.
Click here to see more on Ontario’s Local Food Act.