More than 200 commodities are produced in Ontario including fruits, vegetables, livestock, dairy, poultry, grains and oilseeds.
There are nearly 60,000 farms in Ontario and each farmer produces enough food to feed 120 people every year!
Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes more than $30 billion to the provincial economy annually, and employs more than 650,000 people.
Approximately 1,700 food and beverage processors are located in Ontario – almost half of all food and beverage processors in Canada.
Some 60 per cent of head offices of Canadian food and beverage processors are located in Ontario.
Ontario leads the country in agri-food exports. In 2003, we shipped $8.4 billion in agri-food products around the world. Exports to the U.S. totaled $7.2 billion in 2003.
Agriculture is more than food to eat. Cloth and textiles begin in the barnyard as wool and in the field with hemp. Hemp, an experimental crop, is also used to make paper and a variety of industrial products.
Growing flowers and ornamental plants – from roses to poinsettias --in greenhouses is a thriving industry in Ontario. In 2003 the value of greenhouse plant production was approximately $950 million.
Corn is processed into road de-icers, windshield washer fluid, ethanol fuel, soap, toothpaste, paint, varnish and sparkplugs to name a few.