Local Food Act

734958wka3ezqrnOn November 5, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed the Local Food Act (Bill 36) and launched the new Local Food Fund. The Act makes Ontario the first in Canada to adopt a bill aimed helping to increase awareness, access to, and demand for local food in the province, and support local food procurement in public sector institutions (schools, municipalities, hospitals, cafeterias).

The purposes of this Act are as follows:

1. To foster successful and resilient local food economies and systems throughout Ontario.

2. To increase awareness of local food in Ontario, including the diversity of local food.

3. To encourage the development of new markets for local food.

The new Local Food Fund includes a $30 million investment to create jobs and support innovative local food projects over the next three years. The government also proclaimed Local Food Week for the first week of June.