Ontario's agri-food exports up 5.4% year-over-year to nearly C$10B in 2011, agriculture ministry says; province accounts for 22% of Canada's agri-food exports

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Apr 16, 2012 – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

GUELPH, Ontario , April 16, 2012 (press release) – Ontario agri-food exports hit a record high of nearly $10 billion in 2011, helping to strengthen the economy and create jobs for farmers and families.

Ontario is home to Canada's largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,000 businesses that employ 100,000 people across the province. Ontario exports value-added products from artisan breads to canned organic tomatoes and all natural fruit snacks to the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Helping small and medium sized food processing companies export their goods and link to international buyers is part of the McGuinty government's strong plan for jobs and growth that will help protect the gains Ontario has made in health care and education.

Ontario agri-food exports increased 5.4 per cent over the previous year.
Ontario accounts for 22 per cent of Canada's agri-food exports.
The U.S., Asia and Europe are the top destinations for Ontario food exports.

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