A New Food and Farming Action Plan for the Golden Horseshoe is Launched
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 19, 2012) – A plan to promote and enhance the food and farming sector in the Greater Toronto Area – including Peel Region – was launched earlier this month by the Greater Toronto Area Agriculture Action Committee (GTA AAC).
The GTA AAC, the Region of Niagara and the City of Hamilton are working in partnership to implement the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan 2021 for the Golden Horseshoe, the second largest food and farming cluster in North America after Los Angeles.
“Peel Regional Council is pleased to endorse the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan 2021,” said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. “As one of the founding partners of this initiative, we believe this Action Plan provides a vision and specific actions to grow the food and farming sector to help ensure their viability and sustainability for Ontario’s industries and communities.”
The Action Plan strives to establish the Golden Horseshoe as a globally renowned and vibrant food and farming cluster. This Action Plan identifies key opportunities to enhance public health, foster innovation, align policy tools to enable businesses to be competitive and profitable, and cultivate new approaches in food and farming.
Primary agriculture production and food manufacturing is supported by Peel’s 256 food processors and 483 active farms. It employed 12,600 people in the Region of Peel in 2006 (Statistics Canada) and contributed to the approximate $100 billion food value chain in Ontario (GTA AAC, 2012). The top primary production sectors in the Region include cash crop (hay, wheat, soy beans, corn, etc.), equine, beef, nursery (flowers, plants, landscaping plants, etc.), dairy, fruit and vegetables.
The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming cluster generates $12.5 billion annually in direct GDP within the Golden Horseshoe and $35 billion annually in total GDP within Canada.
“As Peel continues to attract more residents and businesses, this is a great opportunity for the partners to work together and promote employment, health, nutrition, and public education about the food and farming sector,” said Arvin Prasad, Director of Integrated Planning.
The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan 2021 is available at: gtaaac.ca/food-and-farming-action-plan
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.