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Ontario now supporting home-based food businesses

With guidance on how to start one

The Ford government will now support home-based food businesses and provide entrepreneurs with guidance on how to start one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release from Ontario, the support will also provide an overview of public health requirements that need to be followed as a food operator. 

It also mentioned the government has also made regulatory changes to allow more flexibility to sell low-risk, home-prepared foods, which is a continued effort to help small, independent businesses succeed. 

Although the release is vague, after reading it, Minto Schneider, CEO of Explore Waterloo Region said she is not sure how many people will take on the opportunity. 

"Our businesses are still struggling, the Province has been very good about helping businesses trying to stay afloat during the pandemic, and they continue to do that, so maybe this is just one more way to help people stuck at home, and out of work." 

Depending on the business, and the type of food product, the owner may face several challenges. "You know it's a bit if they've done it before, or just adapted to working from home, but there's a lot of competition out there, and there's a lot of businesses that are trying to survive that got a lot more support and experience than those that might be opening a home-based business for the first time," mentioned Schneider. 

However, Schneider is optimistic that this announcement might mean more food products in Waterloo Region. 

"So maybe it will lead to more products being available that are authentic and homemade because that would be a great thing to see."

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