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For more information on the project, please read below.


Identifying Regional Opportunities for Local Food Production

Description of project

Local food is of growing interest to Ontarians. Market research shows that 80% of shoppers are interested in and likely to purchase fresh, local food.[1] This is good news for Ontario’s farmers, who produce over 200 different products, from grains to meat and dairy to specialty fruits and vegetables. Despite this high interest, consumers can find it challenging to access local food.[2] There is room to grow Ontario’s production of food for local and regional consumption and meet these needs.


What are the project objectives?

  1. The goal of this project is to work directly with agri-food producers and regional groups to understand the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for producer business development in Ontario

  2. Develop a support strategy to assist Ontario producers wishing to expand their businesses, increase revenue streams, and/or access new markets


How will we achieve our objectives?

  • Conduct key informant interviews with stakeholders representing the Ontario agri-food sector

  • Distribute an online survey to Ontario farmers to gain a better understanding of the barriers and opportunities to on farm business development

  • Conduct two half-day workshops to develop recommendations for overcoming barriers and amplifying opportunities

Questions? Feel free to contact us.