Championing environmental sustainable food systems in the Muskoka region
Government of Canada helps scale up agri-food businesses to support culinary tourism and job opportunities
April 6, 2018 – Huntsville, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
To support the growth of agri-food businesses that are ready to expand, the Government of Canada is investing $399,200 to enable the Muskoka North Good Food Co-operative to develop a local/regional food distribution system that will increase sales for 75 Northern and local agri-food business suppliers.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.
Specifically, the initiative will assist with the addition of a commercial kitchen that will support the creation of new food concepts and value-added products, as well as provide business development, market access and promotional support.
“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects, such as the Muskoka North Good Food Co-operative’s commercial kitchen, that help communities capitalize on their inherent strengths. This announcement will help connect more producers to consumers, supply residents from across the region with healthy food products from the area, boost sales of Northern Ontario products and support employment opportunities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor
“On behalf of our members, I would like to thank FedNor for its financial support that will assist with our plans to expand our co-operative. This regional food distribution system is a win-win: developing nutritional and economic food options for communities across the region while helping to grow the local economy.”
– Kelli Ebbs, Co-manager, Muskoka North Good Food Co-operative
· FedNor’s investment is provided through its Northern Ontario Development Program which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
· The Muskoka North Good Food Co-op is a not-for-profit, social enterprise with the mission to provide our region access to the best regional, sustainable, safe and environmentally conscious foods through the development of a community-owned grocery store and community food centre.
· To find out more about our programs and services, please visit: fednor.gc.ca
· To learn more about the Muskoka North Good Food Co-op, please visit: https://muskokanorthfood.com
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