Please note:

​This program is no longer accepting new applicants. If you are currently enrolled in the program, please contact an OntarioLearn Team Member about plans for completion.

About the program

In this online program, students explore the practices, principles and philosophies involved in local food system development. The focus is on increasing both academic and hands-on knowledge of regional food initiatives across Canada, alongside International historical practices and current standards. There is a specific concentration on applied learning, online networking, and community research.

This certificate will be of interest to those working in local food system development or interested in learning more about sustainable food in an online community environment.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College application form.
  • Submit proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Define sustainable local food in the context of Canadian regional food systems.
  • Assess the sustainability of different agricultural techniques, technologies, and systems.
  • Analyze solutions to address specific sustainable local food and agriculture problems and challenges.
  • Develop a personal philosophy and approach to sustainable local food and agriculture, using knowledge from historical, sociological, scientific, economic, ecological and ethical perspectives.
  • Assess sustainable local food system policy perspectives with a particular emphasis on national and local trends across Canada.
  • Analyze the diverse businesses and cooperatives that focus on local food.
  • Explain the relationships between the many sectors that make up our global and local food systems.
  • Form a network of contacts with individuals and organizations working on local food system developments.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education

Mark your calendar for our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Fall registration: Opens July 24, 2023
Winter registration: Opens November 27, 2023