September 16, 2020
It’s official: Guelph and Wellington County learned late this afternoon they will receive $10 million from Infrastructure Canada to implement their Smart Cities vision: Our Food Future, Canada’s first circular food economy.The joint proposal from City of Guelph and Wellington County was submitted in early March after nine months of planning involving more than 150 community partners. The programme will now forge ahead in tackling three bold goals:
- 50% increase in access to affordable, nutritious food;
- 50 new circular food business and collaboration opportunities; and
- 50% increase in economic revenues by reducing or transforming food waste.
Kelly Linton, County of Wellington Warden, said: “Guelph-Wellington is rich in agriculture. This win provides both the City and the County the opportunity to strengthen our urban-rural partnership and lean into our strengths in food innovation. We look forward to working with our community to move this important work forward.”
What’s next? City and County project coordinators will spend the summer building the leadership and governance structure, creating a detailed project plan and establishing a Smart Cities Office. A progress update will be provided to stakeholders and the community in Fall 2019.
In the meantime, community members, partners and other interested parties can receive more information about Our Food Future and the nine priority projects at foodfuture.ca.