The Ontario government is naming the Ontario Food Terminal lands as a Provincially Significant Employment Zone — an identification that protects lands that are critically important both locally and to the province for jobs and economic growth. It’s estimated that 100,000 jobs are related to the 40-acre site, the largest food hub in Canada.
Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made the announcement October 8 with Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Christine Hogarth, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
The province has identified Provincially Significant Employment Zones as areas that are significant to the provincial economy. Lands in these zones may meet one or more of these criteria:
- - they play a strategic economic development role locally and provincially
- - they are located near major transportation infrastructure, such as highways
- - they support industrial uses that may be vulnerable to conversion for other uses, such as residential development, and
- - they have a high concentration of employment or significant employment potential.
Provincially Significant Employment Zone lands that are designated as employment areas in official plans cannot be changed from employment uses without provincial approval.
“Designating the Ontario Food Terminal as a Provincially Significant Employment Zone will help ensure its long-term viability and certainty,” said Steve Bamford, vice-president of the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association. “Committing to the Food Terminal at its current location and as an employment zone will help everyone at the Terminal prosper and grow.”
Source: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, October 8, 2019 news release