Ontario’s agriculture sector is a major economic engine, providing jobs across our rural and urban communities. It offers stability· to our rural communities and represents an integral part of our social fabric. Canadian farms provide a healthy, safe food supply and contribute to environmental health through the protection of soil, water and air.
Over 80,000 Ontarians make their living directly on farms and 718,000 Ontarians work in the agri-food industry.
In a recent study, economic activity associated with farm sector production in Ontario was shown to sustain 164,000 jobs across Ontario with an expenditure on wages and salaries of $7 billion. These jobs contribute $3.4 billion in taxes to all three levels of government including $1.2 and $1.8 billion to the Ontario and federal governments respectively.