Our Food Future Guelph-Wellington. Building a Circular Food Economy

Updates: May 27, 2020
Seeding Our Food Future Program is live. Applications for this 5k non-repayable grant program can take place between May 27 and June 30.

Our Food Future: Executive Summary
Smart Cities Challenge Statement: Guelph-Wellington will become Canada’s first technology-enabled Circular Food Economy, reimagining an inclusive food-secure ecosystem that increases access to affordable, nutritious food by 50%, where waste becomes a resource, 50 new circular businesses and collaborations are created, and circular economic revenues are increased by 50%: 50x50x50 by 2025.

Everyone needs to eat. However, one in six families experience food insecurity, 67 percent of residents in our region don’t consume a healthy diet, and the cost of healthy food keeps increasing. Around the world, more than eight million people are hungry or undernourished, and the global population continues to grow. Meanwhile, in Canada roughly one-third of our food is lost or wasted. Much of that ends up in landfill, creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Guelph-Wellington aims to address these issues by becoming Canada’s first circular food economy. Leveraging local expertise, big data and the latest technology, we will transform our food ecosystem into an urban/rural living lab where researchers, social innovators, farmers, entrepreneurs and other community partners collaborate to solve complex food problems.

Infrastructure Canada Announcements and Project Details

What this means for 10C —

We believe that a “smart city invests in itself”

Smart Cities Circular Funding and Financing Ecosystem

10C is a collaborator in envisioning and creating a new funding and financing ecosystem for projects emerging through this work. We will be researching, launching and creating the Harve$t Impact Fund and will be creating structures, processes and programs to enable the financing and funding of more social enterprises working in the circular food economy. We will be working to specifically activate new streams of local investment — social finance — for emerging projects. This work will primarily support enterprising NFPs who are working to be part of this economic / food systems transformation.

Explore our Concept Paper  to see what we’ve been thinking about, and will be now working ON.

The topics of social finance, integrated community development and circular economies are only going to grow as people, government, organizations and business work together to solve our most pressing problems. 10C Shared Space is very excited about what this project means for our community and is happy to be involved moving this work ahead with this visionary funding from the government of Canada through the Smart Cities Challenge.

Read the Full Proposal and learn more at FoodFuture.ca.

Please contact us if you’d like to know more!

Julia Grady, Co-Founder and Executive Director