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Agriculture remains a priority for York Region

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According to the Agriculture and Agri-food strategy report, the economic impact of the agri-food chain in York Region is over six billion dollars. From humble roots in farming over one-hundred years ago, to gross farm sales of $301 million in 2016, the agriculture industry continues to grow.

To further evaluate the current state of the agriculture industry, last year York Regional staff collaborated with the York Region Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group and a third-party consultant, Synthesis Agri-food Network, to survey industry stakeholders. A total of 140 food producers, restaurant industry members and residents provided feedback.

Report findings include:

  • There are 3,578 full-time equivalent jobs in primary agricultural production and 57,000 jobs in the full agri-food sector in York Region
  • Today, the GDP contribution in York Region is $2.7 billion dollars
  • The average size of farms in York Region has increased
  • Farms making less than $100,000 per year are on the decline, however those making $500,000 or more remain stable, this reflects a province-wide trend

Despite the changing nature of agriculture in York Region, protecting farming remains a priority for York Regional Council. In 2001, the Region established the York Region Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group. Further, in 2016 York Regional Council developed an Agriculture and Agri-food strategy to inform future policy development, initiatives and resource allocation decisions.

On October 12, York Regional Councilors hosted an event for Canada 150 Farm Families who have worked the land for over 150 years. The Region showcased a display of historic photos and celebrated local farmer’s longevity and ongoing commitment to agriculture.



York Region; Agriculture According to the Agriculture and Agri-food strategy report, the economic impact of the agri-food chain in York Region is over six billion dollars. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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