Canada’s first national food policy will be supported by $134 million designated in the 2019 budget towards a singular vision: All people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious and culturally diverse food. Canada’s food system is resilient and innovative, sustains our environment, and supports our economy.
Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the details after input from 45,000 Canadians, including food producers and processors, experts in environment, health and food security, Indigenous groups, non-government organizations, and community advocates.
Central to the vision is a newly created Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. Letters of nomination will begin over the summer.
Also announced is the launch of a five-year, $50 million Local Food Infrastructure Fund, designed to support community-led projects that improve access to safe, healthy and culturally diverse food. Starting August 15, 2019, eligible organizations will be invited to submit an application through the first intake period for non-repayable funding of up to $25,000.
Minister Bibeau also highlighted other Food Policy of Canada initiatives, including:
- · a new Canada Brand and Buy Canadian promotional campaigns that will aim to increase pride and consumer confidence in Canadian food;
- · support for community-led projects such as greenhouses, community freezers, and skills training that address food challenges and food insecurity in Northern and isolated communities;
- · a challenge fund to support the most innovative food waste reduction ideas in food processing, grocery retail, and food service;
- · new funds to help the Canadian Food Inspection Agency crack down on food fraud – the mislabeling and misrepresentation of food products – to protect consumers from deception and companies from unfair competition; and
- · to take the first steps to work alongside provinces and not-for-profit organizations towards the creation of a National School Food Program.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada June 17, 2019 news release