As far back as 2008, the City of Thunder Bay has been working to strengthen and connect their local food system to their municipally-run facilities. The City of Thunder Bay has emerged as 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.
In November 2018, the Greenbelt Fund hosted an interactive workshop to support Municipalities, School Boards and Post-secondary Institutions in their local food procurement goals and actions. The City of Thunder Bay was recognized as a leader in food systems planning and local Food Forward Contracts were highlighted.
"Food forward contracts can help to build the capacity of local farmers to supply institutional demand through longerterm obligations for financial commitment."