Guelph/Wellington – The food community of the future

Our Food Future. Guelph-Wellington: Canada's first food community. A Smart City Challenge initiative.

Where food problems are solved

An increasing population means a growing need to produce affordable, healthy and sustainable food. For more than a century, the City of Guelph and Wellington County have been at the forefront of designing practical, innovative solutions to address food issues. We are home to 1,600+ food businesses and entrepreneurs, 40 research centres, and a vibrant and engaged food community. The collaborative work of these leaders in the agri-tech, food science and agriculture sectors is helping others to live sustainable, healthier lives:

  • increasing access to affordable and nutritious local food
  • reducing or transforming food waste
  • creating new food-related jobs

Breaking news

Guelph-Wellington has been named as a finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge! We’re one of only 10 communities in our population category being awarded $250,000 to further develop our bid for the $10 million prize. We placed our food innovation vision at the heart of our bid – read our Smart Cities application.

Stay tuned for more information and an opportunity to participate when the program officially launches on October 16!

Our vision

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.

Creating Canada’s first circular food economy

The best news: our model will serve as a roadmap for others to follow, improving social, economic and environmental outcomes in communities across Canada and the world.

What are people doing right now?

From the University of Guelph’s many food innovations and the locally-grown promotions of Wellington County, to the advocacy of the farmer-led Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Guelph/Wellington is where food problems are solved.

University of Guelph Family Health Study: developing ways to help families maintain healthy behaviours

The Seed: delivering community programs and advocates to address the causes and effects of food insecurity; removing barriers to healthy food

Taste Real Local Food Map: allowing Guelph-Wellington residents to purchase locally-grown food and support community growers

Arrell Food Institute: research to produce enough food for the growing human population, while sustaining the ecosystems on which we depend

Carbon offsets: capturing and destroying methane at landfill and monetizing the resulting credits by selling carbon offsets

Provision Coalition: assisting food and beverage manufacturers to assess their sustainability challenges in order to increase efficiencies and minimize food waste

Urban farms: creating local, indoor, hydroponic vertical farming of fresh vegetables built on a sustainable business model

Oreka Solutions: converting underutilized waste into natural feed product for livestock

What are people saying?

We asked “What makes Guelph/Wellington a food innovation hub?”

Be part of the “food community of the future”

Find out more about our Smart Cities submission. Champion our community’s food success. Be part of our circular food economy vision. Join the conversation on re-imaging food by contacting

Cathy Kennedy, Manager, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2255
[email protected]

Creating Canada's first circular food economy report