Case Study:

Breaking Down Local Food Barriers: A Case Study on Food Forward Contracts in Thunder Bay

City of Thunder Bay
Procuring local food through food forward contracts
 For over a decade, the City of Thunder Bay has strengthened the connection between municipal facilities and local food systems. The city is a leader in food systems planning in Ontario, having adopted the Thunder Bay Food Charter, the Community Environmental Action Plan, a Community Garden Policy, and supported the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy. Through ongoing research and communication with vendors, the city identified food forward contracts as an option to increase local food procurement because it builds the capacity of local farmers to meet demand at the same time. Through these ongoing efforts, the city has seen an increase of 38% in local food purchasing since 2016.