OMAFRA’s Broader Public Sector Champions Program

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: June 10, 2019

Categories: GoodFoodBites

Local Food Procurement in the Broader Public Sector, OMAFRA video

In support of the province’s final Local Food Act goal—to remove red tape barriers and open the door for local food in the broader public sector⁠ (BPS)—the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has launched a Broader Public Sector Champions Program that will award BPS institutions that achieve their local food targets with Certificates of Recognition.

The program allows institutions to create a baseline, set local food procurement goals and track progress year-over-year.

“The Broader Public Sector Champions Program strengthens our commitment to building on local food purchases. It provides the opportunity for institutions to voluntarily submit and then report back to the province on meeting their local food purchasing targets,” said Minister Hardeman.

For the purposes of the program, examples of broader public sector institutions include hospitals, municipal long-term care facilities, school boards, universities, colleges and municipal child care centers.

For more information on the process and timeline of the program, visit the OMAFRA website here.

For 2019-2020, the Broader Public Sector Champions Program is operating from April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.