Just in time for Ontario Agriculture Week (Oct. 3 to 9), the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a report on Oct. 5 featuring recommendations on how to grow the competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector.
According to the OCC, the agri-food sector is a significant economic driver for Ontario. It employs one in nine Ontarians and represents $36.4 billion in GDP. In fact, the majority of Canada’s food processing industry is located in Ontario, accounting for more than 40 per cent of Canada’s GDP in food processing. But that doesn’t mean Ontario’s agri-food industry can afford to rest on its laurels and take success for granted.
The new report, titled Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector, highlights the economic contributions of the sector in Ontario, while also recognizing that there are a wide variety of factors that are adversely affecting its competitiveness. To read the full report and its recommendations, click here.