Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario Colleges

Research Report: Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario Colleges: The Evolution of Campus Foodservices

The research report marks the first major milestone in the larger project aimed at bringing more Ontario food to Ontario colleges. The report, titled Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario’s 24 Colleges: The Evolution of Campus Foodservices, lays out a series of opportunities and proposes key actions to support increasing local food at colleges across the province.

Released in March 2017, this research informed the basis for the next two phases of the project: on-campus pilot projects, and a local food procurement framework that can be adopted by all Ontario colleges. Highlights of the research report include:

  • An in-depth examination of the current challenges to increasing local food at Ontario colleges
  • A list of recommended actions for multi-year improvements that will inform the development of a scalable, transferable procurement framework
  • The results of the Ontario Colleges Foodservices Survey in which more than 4,000 college students provided extensive feedback on college foodservices

Click here to read the research report (opens PDF, 8MB)