The Ontario Government has said it is supporting the development of the local food industry through the launch of a C$30m (US$29m) investment fund.

Announcing the fund, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the investment is part of a drive from the province to create jobs and support “innovative local food projects” over the next three years.

“This fund is also part of the government’s broader local food strategy to increase awareness and demand for foods grown and made in Ontario,” the authorities said.

Through the fund, the provincial government hopes to promote local food, strengthen regional supply chains and boost supply, quality and availability.

Since 2003, Ontario has provided funds of more than $116m to support local food.