The first of its kind - the Regional Local Food Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Project crossed into nine jurisdictions and fostered numerous new partnerships in Eastern Ontario.

The project offered participants a unique opportunity to explore and develop relationships between local government, non-government organizations, local-food businesses, and stakeholders in the local-food movement.

Since the surveys were completed and recommendations developed, each community continues to help local-food producers, processors, and retailers find new markets, identify opportunities to increase revenue, and grow their businesses.

This project demonstrated how a number of jurisdictions can work in partnership to help develop the local-food sector in ways that are specific to each community, while also making progress on a series of common regional goals.

The plans for actions to be undertaken in response to community recommendations included the opening of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre, as well as additional marketing and networking events, and more.

Original Project Results and Recommendations

•    City of Kawartha Lakes
•    Peterborough County
•    Northumberland County
•    City of Quinte West
•    City of Belleville
•    Hastings County
•    Prince Edward County
•    County of Lennox & Addington
•    County of Frontenac
•    Regional Local Food BR+E Final Report
•    Full Report Including All Communities

Regional Recommendations

Collaboration-- Strengthen collaborations, communication and information sharing regionally.
Infrastructure & Facilities-- Development of Infrastructure and facilities.
Market Expansion/Seasonality-- Increase supply and demand regionally.
Economic Impact/Awareness-- Promote the economic impact of our local-food networks.
Investment Attraction-- Secure Investment in the local-food sector.
Labour Force Development-- Establish the local-food sector as a priority for workforce development.
Regulations & Processes-- Clarify regulations and advocate for streamlined processes.

Outcome Reports

The first outcomes report, 2013
The second outcomes report, 2014
The third outcomes report, 2015 (coming Q2 2015)