A Food Policy for Canada

A Food Policy for Canada

A Food Policy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians

Food matters. The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities. Working together, we can put more affordable, safe, healthy, food on tables across the country, while protecting the environment.

The Government of Canada is asking Canadians for their views on what should be included in A Food Policy for Canada.

What is a food policy?

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

What areas could the food policy cover?

In order to make healthy eating choices, Canadians depend on sufficient access to affordable, nutritious, and safe food, and require information to make healthy food choices. In turn, having a reliable supply of affordable, nutritious, and safe food, depends on maintaining Canada’s natural resources in a way that supports and grows our agriculture and food sector.

The federal government is consulting Canadians on four closely connected themes that have a direct impact on the food they eat:

  • increasing access to affordable food
  • improving health and food safety
  • conserving our soil, water, and air
  • growing more high-quality food

As we develop A Food Policy for Canada, the Government of Canada is exploring how best to align and coordinate current and future federal initiatives strongly linked to agriculture and food.

Why is collaboration important?

There are many actors in Canada’s food system, including farmers, processors, retailers, consumers, academia, non-government organizations, and all orders of government.

Collaboration that draws from a variety of experiences and perspectives among Canadians and stakeholders will be critical to the success of developing and implementing A Food Policy for Canada.

Increasing access to affordable food

Improving Canadians' access to affordable, nutritious, and safe food.

Not all Canadians have sufficient access to affordable, nutritious and safe food. We need to do more to improve the affordability and availability of food, particularly among more vulnerable groups, such as children, Canadians living in poverty, Indigenous peoples, and those in remote and Northern communities.

Improving health and food safety

Increasing Canadians' ability to make healthy and safe food choices.

Canada's world class food safety system continues to provide its citizens with safe food to eat. Additional efforts to promote healthy living through nutritious and safe food choices, can improve the overall health of Canadians, while lowering health care costs.

Conserving our soil, water, and air

Using environmentally sustainable practices to ensure Canadians have a long-term, reliable, and abundant supply of food.

The way our food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed - including the losses and waste of food - can have environmental implications, such as greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, water quality and availability, and wildlife loss. While much is being done to conserve our natural resources, further opportunities exist to do more.

Growing more high-quality food

Ensuring Canadian farmers and food processors are able to adapt to changing conditions to provide more safe and healthy food to consumers in Canada and around the world.

Enabling farmers and food processors, large and small, across the country, to grow, will make more high-quality Canadian food available domestically and internationally. Budget 2017 investments clearly recognize the importance of the agriculture and food sector as a driver of economic growth.

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