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
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.