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Agriculture and agri-food contribute $2.7 billion to York Region’s economy

Supporting local farms and agri-business contributes to economic vitality of York Region

Newmarket – York Regional Council today received an update on the first year of implementation of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Strategy, which sets direction for the long-term growth of York Region’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

“York Region is home to a thriving and vibrant agriculture and agri-food industry that provides approximately 57,000 jobs and generates $2.7 billion in gross domestic product each year,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Regional Council remains committed to supporting the agri-food sector, recognizing this sector’s contributions to our economy and its ability to provide healthy food and resources to the Region’s growing and diverse population.”

Adopted by Regional Council in October 2017, the Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Strategy outlines support of the agri-food sector through the following five areas:

  1. Communicating and collaborating with local cities and towns and the agri-food sector
  2. Supporting the agri-food sector through integrated land use planning and economic development
  3. Increasing capacity for value added agri-food processing and support services
  4. Leveraging location within the GTA and proximity to customers through direct farm marketing and meeting demand for local food production
  5. Supporting business retention and expansion of primary agricultural production within York Region

Implementation of the plan’s action items are progressing well. Planned activities include showcasing agricultural innovations and champions in the Region, launching a local food awareness campaign, supporting York Farm Fresh and facilitating relationships between producers, processors and retailers.

“In partnership with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Advisory Committee, local cities and towns, and stakeholders, York Region is helping build capacity in the agriculture and agri-food sector,” said City of Markham Regional Councilor Jim Jones, Chair of Planning and Economic Development. “Working together, we can better understand the strengths, opportunities and challenges of this sector and ensure agriculture in York Region remains strong and viable in the future.”

York Region residents can connect to local grown food, beverages and products at farms, farmers markets and farm experiences across all nine local cities and towns. Visit for a complete list.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


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Kylie-Anne Doerner, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71232
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