Canada to challenge food insecurity with national food policy

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau attended the second annual Food Security Symposium in Toronto to discuss Canada's commitment to challenging food insecurity.
calendar icon 29 April 2019
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“As Canada’s largest food rescue organisation, Second Harvest is excited by the federal government’s commitment to reduce food loss and waste from across the supply chain. The investment in local communities to scale up their infrastructure in this area will ensure more Canadians can access the healthy food they need for success," said Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest.

“Food Secure Canada is eagerly anticipating an ambitious new food policy that reflects the concerns heard during the consultations. We need a new long-term vision for healthy and sustainable food in Canada, where no one is food insecure. This will require a new governance mechanism where civil society can bring its expertise to the table," added Diana Bronson, executive director, Food Secure Canada.

Quick Facts

  • A Food Policy for Canada will focus on four key action areas:
  • helping Canadian communities access healthy food;
  • making Canadian food the top choice at home and abroad;
  • supporting food security in Northern and Indigenous communities; and
  • reducing food waste.
  • Under these four action areas, proposed initiatives include working toward a national school nutrition program, a local food infrastructure fund, a buy Canadian promotional campaign, tackling food fraud, support for processors, a Northern isolated community initiatives fund, and a food waste reduction challenge.
  • The vision for the food policy is that all people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious and culturally diverse food, through a sustainable and innovative food system that promotes and protects health, sustains our environment, and supports our economy.
  • A Food Policy for Canada initiatives are expected to be released in the next few months.

© From the Government of Canada's Budget 2019 website

“As Canada’s largest food rescue organisation, Second Harvest is excited by the federal government’s commitment to reduce food loss and waste from across the supply chain. The investment in local communities to scale up their infrastructure in this area will ensure more Canadians can access the healthy food they need for success," said Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest.

“Food Secure Canada is eagerly anticipating an ambitious new food policy that reflects the concerns heard during the consultations. We need a new long-term vision for healthy and sustainable food in Canada, where no one is food insecure. This will require a new governance mechanism where civil society can bring its expertise to the table," added Diana Bronson, executive director, Food Secure Canada.

Quick Facts

  • A Food Policy for Canada will focus on four key action areas:
  • helping Canadian communities access healthy food;
  • making Canadian food the top choice at home and abroad;
  • supporting food security in Northern and Indigenous communities; and
  • reducing food waste.
  • Under these four action areas, proposed initiatives include working toward a national school nutrition program, a local food infrastructure fund, a buy Canadian promotional campaign, tackling food fraud, support for processors, a Northern isolated community initiatives fund, and a food waste reduction challenge.
  • The vision for the food policy is that all people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious and culturally diverse food, through a sustainable and innovative food system that promotes and protects health, sustains our environment, and supports our economy.
  • A Food Policy for Canada initiatives are expected to be released in the next few months.

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