The Regional Municipality of York

Agricultural and Agri-Food Strategy

Agriculture and Agri-food Sector Strategy ensures York Region is well-positioned for future growth

With more than 820 working farms and 400 food processors, York Region is a key player in the Golden Horseshoe’s agri-food sector. Positioned to grow significantly (1.1 to 1.5 million by 2031), the Regional Municipality of York required a comprehensive and informed strategy that would accommodate future opportunities and challenges.

York Region engaged the services of Synthesis to develop an Agriculture and Agri-food Sector Strategy. Our team conducted a comprehensive environmental scan to review background information, held community focus groups, facilitated stakeholder meetings and conducted an online survey to gather information and develop a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis. We analyzed the information to develop a final report that provides a clear picture of the economic contribution of the region’s agricultural and agri-food sector and compares the region to other regions in the GTA.

The resulting strategic plan and economic impact evaluation identifies key opportunities as well as risks and gaps for the region, to ensure that agriculture remains a strong and viable sector in York Region.