Ontario Food Terminal declared a protected employment zone

The Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto has been declared a protected employment zone.

The designation will prevent the terminal from being relocated.

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says the province made the decision to protect the 100,000 jobs that depend on the facility.

“The Ontario Food Terminal is a key provincial economic hub,” said Minister Clark in a news release. “I know many jobs rely on the terminal’s success, including farmers, distributors, retailers, grocers and many more.”

Earlier this year, concerns were raised that the facility could be moved to make way for residential development.

The terminal was established in 1954 to help farmers in the province get their produce to market.

It is now the largest wholesale produce market in the country.