Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

2018 | West End Food Co-Op

West End Food Co-op Local Food Access Expansion Project, Toronto $15,000

West End Food Coop will expand its local food offerings and in-store promotion of made in house local foods, and begin purchasing directly from additional farmers. In addition, the Co-op will increase its local food making and preserving workshops by offering year-round canning and bread-making workshops.

2018 | Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and TRCA

Serving Up Local Food Training at Long-Term Care Facilities, Vaughan $20,000

The GHFFA and TRCA will build on the success of their two-year local food procurement initiative to launch a comprehensive local food literacy initiative to train long-term care professionals and frontline staff on local food offerings to increase the visibility and awareness of local food in LTC homes.

2018 | Parkdale Active Recreation Centre

FoodReach Goes to School, Toronto $10,000

Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre will expand its FoodReach program, which provides nutritious prepared meals for schools without food preparation areas, by increasing the number of customers through a marketing campaign and upgrading its ordering system to label products that are locally grown.

2018 | Artisan Farms Direct

Increase Market Access through Development of a Meat Distribution Terminal, Markdale $25,000

Artisan Farms will develop a Meat Distribution Terminal to provide a centralized hub to aggregate meats for further distribution to grocery and foodservice sectors, much like the Ontario Food Terminal does for produce. Artisan Farms will conduct outreach to farm organizations to secure more product, and implement a product verification and traceability system. They will also develop a brand and marketing strategy to market the variety of Ontario meat offerings.

2018 | St. Luke's Anglican Church

Incubator Kitchen and Improved Local Food Access at St. Luke’s Burlington $10,000

St. Luke’s Anglican Church will convert its commercial kitchen into an incubator kitchen, with outreach programming specifically targeting New Canadian entrepreneurs, and partner with Feed Halton to trial a pop-up market that provides fresh local produce at low-cost.

Ontario Government Partners with Greenbelt Fund to Grow Local Food Access Through 15 Local Food Projects


February 23, 2018


Over $315,000 in new funding to get more local food on to Ontarians’ plates

Hamilton - Today, Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that the Government of Ontario is supporting fifteen local food projects across the province that will increase access to local food and support the growth of Ontario’s agri-food sector. These investments strengthen our agri-food value chain which means more local food on Ontarians’ plates.

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Backgrounder: Full List of Local Food Investment Round 5 Projects

BACKGROUNDER: Local Food Investment Fund Round 5

 The Government of Ontario is investing over $315,000 in 15 innovative projects that will increase access to more local food across the province. With $4.6m in support from the Ontario Government, the Greenbelt Fund has supported 114 projects across Ontario since 2015.

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2018 | Abate Rabbit Packers

Increase Market Access for Ontario Rabbit Farmers through Productivity Improvements, Arthur $25,000

Abate Rabbit Packers will increase capacity for their rabbit products by investing in new equipment to improve efficiency in production. The project is expected to increase production by 108%, increasing the availability of a more sustainable meat source and enabling Abate to hire more skilled butchers and offer different cuts of meat.

Local Producer Showcase at Restaurants Canada Trade Show

Local food has been consistently trending in the top themes for the Restaurants Canada Chef Survey and the National Restaurants Association annual surveys. Do they know something you don't?  Maybe it's time to check out some of Ontario's offerings by meeting with some suppliers of local foods at the upcoming RC Show February 25-27, 2018.

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Serving Up Local

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (GHFFA) project, Serving Up Local, is a partnership with Durham and Halton regions, and the City of Hamilton, to increase the amount of local foods offered in their facilities with a special focus on long-term care homes. To help build the capacity of other regions wanting to take on a similar initiative they have generated case studies, a project manual, and communications pieces which are available on their website.