Guelph: first food-smart community?

The City of Guelph and County of Wellington are launching a public awareness campaign of ‘Our Food Future’, their joint entry in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.  


The proposal was selected as one of 10 awarded $250,000 to further develop its bid, due March 5, 2019, for a chance to win the Smart Cities Challenge $10 million prize.


In a press release on World Food Day (Oct. 17, 2018), Guelph-Wellington said that through community collaborations and the use of data, technology and the wealth of expertise in the region, Our Food Future will transform the area into Canada’s first circular food economy, and achieve 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.


County and city food leaders are meeting with members of their communities’ agri-food, business and social sectors, and the public, to identify challenges and opportunities. These will help to detail the proposal and Our Food Future vision. Collaborations are taking place, work stream committees are meeting, and planned projects to support each of the three goals are underway.


Updates and more information about the Guelph-Wellington circular food economy proposal can be found at



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Thursday, October 18, 2018
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