Food Hub Study

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Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Agriculture, the District is in the early stages of a study examining opportunities for a regional food processing facility in Central Saanich.

Central Saanich has a very active and diverse agriculture and food sector, and a food hub would appear to be a welcomed asset in the region. The results of this project will provide stakeholders with a business case and information on the feasibility of such a facility.

What is a Food Hub?

  • “Food hubs” as they’re commonly referred to can take any number of forms, depending on the needs of the community; they foster growth and innovation in the processing sector through improved industry access to facilities, equipment, technology, technical services and business supports.
  • Food hubs are emerging across British Columbia to support farmers, producers, and processors to develop their businesses with support and access to shared facilities and equipment.
  • Food hubs can help get a new business off the ground and better enable existing businesses to thrive.

Photo courtesy Level Ground Trading

Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Agriculture, the District is in the early stages of a study examining opportunities for a regional food processing facility in Central Saanich.

Central Saanich has a very active and diverse agriculture and food sector, and a food hub would appear to be a welcomed asset in the region. The results of this project will provide stakeholders with a business case and information on the feasibility of such a facility.

What is a Food Hub?

  • “Food hubs” as they’re commonly referred to can take any number of forms, depending on the needs of the community; they foster growth and innovation in the processing sector through improved industry access to facilities, equipment, technology, technical services and business supports.
  • Food hubs are emerging across British Columbia to support farmers, producers, and processors to develop their businesses with support and access to shared facilities and equipment.
  • Food hubs can help get a new business off the ground and better enable existing businesses to thrive.

Photo courtesy Level Ground Trading

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The District of Central Saanich is currently assessing the feasibility of establishing a food hub in Central Saanich thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Agriculture.

    About this survey

    This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. The purpose of this survey is to connect with food producers, raisers, harvesters, and processors to determine the level of interest and readiness to participate in a food hub in terms of spaces, equipment, and services needed in the region that would require investment in infrastructure. This survey is being shared and promoted by a wide range of collaborators including community organizations, industry associations, trusts, and post-secondary institutions. This survey is live until Monday, May 2, 2022.


    What is a food hub?

    A food hub is defined as: “A facility or facilities that allow multiple food producers, processors, and distributors to share space, equipment and/or services so they can reduce costs and better market their products to wholesale and retail buyers locally and beyond. Food hubs focus on collaboration and are designed to complement existing services and facilities.”


    Enter to win!

    We thank you for taking the time to provide your input. As a thank you for completing the survey, the District of Central Saanich will be drawing a name of a survey respondent to win a gift basket of local products.


    Privacy

    The District of Central Saanich staff, Council and contractors will treat comments received with confidentiality. Any comments received through any means that identify individuals as the source of those comments may be publicly available if a freedom of information (FOI) request is made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    This survey includes collection of personal information, which is authorized under the Local Government Act, Community Charter and Section 26(c) of the Freedom and Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used for understanding the demographics of residents who completed the survey, project updates and a prize draw. Questions can be directed to the District’s FOI Head at municipal.hall@csaanich.ca or by phoning 250-652-4444.

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Page last updated: 13 May 2022, 09:15 AM