Agri-Food Open for E-Business Program Helps Bring Local Businesses OnlinePublished on May 07, 2021
Government program supported two businesses in Mississauga-Lakeshore
MISSISSAUGA ― The governments of Ontario and Canada invested over $3.2 million since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to help Ontario agri-food businesses establish or expand their online presence. This investment provided businesses with more opportunities to grow their operations and offer more food choices for families who are shopping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the onset of the pandemic, businesses were struggling to connect with Ontario consumers who were looking for more opportunities to purchase locally grown and made products online. The Ontario government quickly responded by launching the Agri-Food Open for E-business Program, and continues to ensure that the agri-food sector is resilient with the launch of an interactive map that helps consumers find local food options and support small businesses across the province. This map highlights more than 650 local food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations that have taken advantage of this program.
Since the investment, more than 650 businesses now have a new or expanded online presence, including Battaglia's Marketplace and Ying Ying Soy Food Ltd. in Mississauga-Lakeshore. These Ontario agri-food businesses are now able to reach more customers with the support of the Agri-Food Open for E-business Program. This investment continues to make it easier for Ontario families to buy locally grown and made food by farmers and food processors in their communities, which strengthens the provincial economy and helps our agri-food supply chain stay strong.
“I'm very proud of this investment in Mississauga-Lakeshore,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “It's helping our local agri-food businesses transition to new technologies, which will help increase productivity, enhance food safety, and ultimately lead to increased sales.”
“We are committed to keeping Ontario’s agri-food supply chain strong during these unprecedented times,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Connecting agri-food businesses with families who need options for purchasing food online is another way that Ontario is keeping people safe and businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ontario agri-food businesses interested in developing their own e-commerce opportunities can receive funding through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade’s Digital Main Street Program.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP