Food and Farming Action Plan

The Golden Horseshoe food and farming cluster is vital to the economic health of Ontario and Canada.

The one million acres of farmland under production in the region generate in excess of $1.5 billion in gross farm receipts annually from a production profile that includes 200 different agriculture commodities. When the value of food processing is factored in, the annual economic activity is estimated at $12.3 billion. This economic activity is estimated to contribute $35 billion annually to the Canadian economy through the multiplier effect and creates thousands of jobs.

To ensure the on-going  vitality  of  the  area’s  food  and  farming  cluster,  the  GTA  AAC,  in   partnership with the Region of Niagara and the City of Hamilton has developed and released a 10-year Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan.

“Food  can  play  a  powerful  role  in  promoting  health  as  well  as  building  strong communities, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy. That is why food is such an effective vehicle to connect people to one another, to their neighbours and  their  cities.”  – Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto, May 2010


Download Action Plan (pdf)

Download Appendices
Download Implementation Strategy Background Report


Want to learn more about agriculture in the Golden Horseshoe over the years?

Our blog post here has more information.