Ontario Establishes New Local Food Goal for the Broader Public Sector

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: March 19, 2019

Categories: Food in the News / GoodFoodBites

On March 18, 2019, the Ontario government announced the final goal of the Local Food Act, 2013, with an aim to remove red tape barriers and open the door for local food in the broader public sector, so organizations like colleges, universities, hospitals and municipalities can more easily procure local food.

“The public sector represents a huge market opportunity for Ontario farmers and food processors,” said Edward McDonnell CEO of the Greenbelt Fund. “Providing high quality Ontario grown food to students, patients and seniors is a win-win for both the general public and the province’s agri-food sector.”

The Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, shared the news at Gordon Food Service in Milton, while announcing a number of tools that can help farmers, food distributors and public sector organizations put more Ontario food on our plates. Check out the list of resources and tools for the Broader Public Sector here.

“Public sector institutions interested in increasing the amount of local food they serve don’t need to start from scratch,” said Kathy Macpherson, VP of the Greenbelt Fund. Read more from the Greenbelt Fund on the announcement here.