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Agriculture and Food

York Region is home to a vibrant and thriving agriculture and agri-food sector.

From the rich soils of the Holland Marsh to a diverse mix of food and beverage businesses, this sector plays an important role in York Region’s economy. The entire agri-food sector in York Region – everything from farms to food processors, grocery stores and restaurants – provides approximately 57,000 jobs and contributes $2.7 billion dollars to the economy. York Region is committed to supporting and promoting this important sector.

Our roadmap for success

Agriculture and Agri-Food StrategyThe Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Strategy is an action plan that was endorsed by York Regional Council in 2017.

The strategy outlines the sector’s current strengths, opportunities and challenges to ensure that agriculture and agri-food remains a strong and viable sector in York Region. With five strategic goal areas accompanied by 45 recommended actions, the strategy is an ambitious framework designed to achieve results and demonstrates York Region’s commitment to the sector.

Learn more about the strategy.

The agriculture and agri-food sector at a glance

This is an infographic showing the highlights of the agriculture and agri-food sector in York Region

Local Food

2018 Farm Fresh Map CoverThe York Farm Fresh Map is your guide to finding delicious food in your own backyard.

This map lists farms, farmers’ markets and other events. Its purpose is to help you uncover local farm fresh products within York Region. Maps are available at member farms, farmers' markets and township offices.

You can also view the digital version of the York Farm Fresh Map.

In 2018, York Farm Fresh introduced a Passport to Fresh contest to encourage consumers to visit as many of the farms on the map for a chance to win a fantastic prize! With each location you visit, you will get your “passport” stamped. For every five locations you visit you get an entry. If you visit all 30 farms you get ten entries with a greater opportunity to win.

For more information, visit York Farm Fresh.

Other agricultural information

Planning Policies - Natural Environment and Agriculture

York Region has some of the most productive agricultural lands in Canada, and we’re committed to protecting and preserving this valuable land.

Approximately 69 per cent of York Region land lies within the Greenbelt, of which a significant portion is protected for agricultural use. Along with provincial legislation, the Regional Official Plan sets agricultural and rural land-use policies within the Region

Over the next year, Official Plan policies will be reviewed to ensure our agricultural and natural lands are protected for years to come. For more information on how we’re reviewing the Official Plan, read about our Municipal Comprehensive Review.

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Upcoming Events

York Region hosts and attends community events and workshops on various agriculture and agri-food initiatives. All events are posted on the main events page.

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Related Resources

Agriculture and agri-food data

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Get in touch with us

For more information about our agriculture and agri-food sector, please contact us at: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75712

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