The Ontario government has released the Grow Ontario Strategy which is aimed to strengthen the province’s agri-food sector, a Nov. 28 news release said.
The strategy outlines the province’s plan to strengthen the agri-food sector, ensure an efficient, reliable, and responsive food supply and address ongoing vulnerabilities through new innovations. The release noted the sector’s vulnerabilities include labour shortages, outdated supply chain infrastructure and declining processing capacity.
“This plan is a bold vision of pride and trust in the quality and quantity of food produced in Ontario, grown on the foundation of a competitive agri-food industry that serves the needs of Ontarians, Canadians and the world,” Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, said in the release.
The plan focuses on three key priorities:
- Strengthen agri-food supply chain stability
- Increase agri-food technology and adoption
- Attract and grow Ontario’s agri-food talent
The release noted the Grow Ontario Strategy was informed by the insights of farmers, Indigenous community representatives, food sector leaders and businesses.