The Ontario government is currently reviewing options for the Ontario Food Terminal, located in Etobicoke, Ont. near the Gardiner Expressway and Park Lawn Road.
Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has stated this review is part of its new local food goal focused on “removing red tape barriers and opening the door for local food in the broader public sector, will make it easier for organizations like colleges, universities, hospitals and municipalities to procure local food.”
The provincial government states it wants to ensure that the Ontario Food Terminal “continues to play a key role in Ontario agriculture by looking at opportunities to make it even better and by making its role in the local food sector stronger.”
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About the Ontario Food Terminal
The Ontario Food Terminal is Canada’s largest wholesale fruit and produce terminal. It ranks amongst the top four terminal markets in Canada and the United States by volume of produce distributed.
The Ontario Food Terminal board was set up in 1954 by the provincial government, which mandated it to build, equip and operate a wholesale fruit and produce market.
According to Country Guide, Canada’s oldest farm publication, today the “split between local and imported produce going through the terminal is about 40 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively, with high-end buyers leaning more and more to local.”
If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with James Rilett, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Central Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4241.