Growing a More Resilient Food Supply Chain in Ontario

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“Contributing over $47 billion to the provincial GDP and supporting close to 861,000 jobs, Ontario’s agri-food sector is a significant economic driver that has the potential to stimulate the province’s economic recovery. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the food supply chains in Ontario and Canada experienced numerous pressures such as panic buying and shifts in consumptions levels and consumer spending. Ultimately, while the pandemic caused parts of the food supply chain to bend, the chain itself did not break. The food system stabilized relatively quickly and continued to provide Canadians with uninterrupted access to food. This owes to the overall strength and resiliency of the many sub-sectors that make-up Ontario’s complex food supply chain…This policy brief examines six pain points Ontario’s food supply chain experienced with the onset of COVID-19. It also presents policy reforms which aim to strengthen the food supply chain and grow a more resilient, globally competitive, and just system better positioned to withstand future disruptions.”

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