Who was involved
The Government of Canada received input from organizations and individuals from across Canada interested in: food security; safe and healthy food; as well as in the relationship between food, the environment, and the economy.
Demographic data from the online survey shows that more than 76 percent of respondents were women; 6.5 percent identified as a person with a disability; 4.6 percent were members of a visible ethno-cultural group; and, 2.1 percent identified as Indigenous. Respondents came from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, looking at household level income, size of community, and age, among other characteristics.
Drawing from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives through consultations with those active on food issues means that we are truly building this policy together.
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Sondage en ligne
May 29-August 31, 2017
Almost 45,000 responses
National Food Policy Summit
June 22-23, 2017
Regional Engagement Sessions
Charlottetown, PEI | August 9, 2017
St. Hyacinthe, QC | August 16, 2017
Vancouver, BC | September 5, 2017
Yellowknife, NWT | September 8, 2017
Guelph, ON | September 12, 2017
Winnipeg, MB | September 29, 2017
Briefs to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food
over 100 written submissions
Town Halls hosted by Members of Parliament
Community-led engagement by civil society organizations
28 events (25 in-person, 3 webinars)
Self-led Engagement by National Indigenous Organizations
The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the native Women's Association of Canada
An online survey was available from May 29, 2017 to August 31, 2017, through which organizations and individuals were encouraged to share their input on what matters most to them for
A Food Policy for Canada. The Government of Canada heard from close to 45,000 Canadians before the survey’s close. Food Policy Summit and regional engagement sessions
Participants with diverse expertise and viewpoints on food issues were invited to take part in engagement sessions across Canada.
These sessions were designed to provide a space for stakeholders, Indigenous peoples, experts, and key policy makers to share views on the development of
A Food Policy for Canada and to bring forward innovative ideas and best practices. They set the stage for greater collaboration among the Government of Canada, stakeholders, community organizations, Indigenous peoples, and citizens on the food issues that affect us today and into the future.
A National Food Policy Summit took place on June 22-23, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario. The Summit brought together over 250 participants with diverse expertise and experience to help set priorities for a food policy.
Regional engagement took place across Canada over the summer and early fall of 2017 and built on input received during the Food Policy Summit. Invitations for these sessions were sent to regional and local organizations; academics; Indigenous governments and associations; organizations representing specific demographic groups; and farmers, fishers, processors, retailers and other private food companies. Over the six sessions, more than 350 individuals attended and provided feedback on the policy.
Members of Parliament held 29 “town hall” meetings within their constituencies across Canada, representing views from both urban and rural Canadians. The town halls were held in ridings in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Quebec.
In an effort to connect with local community members, the Government provided funding to Food Secure Canada (FSC) to directly engage with civil society. FSC facilitated 28 consultation sessions, including 25 in-person sessions and three online sessions, to feed into the development of the food policy. FSC consultations included participation from individuals and organizations with interests in North-specific needs, food security, health, the environment, agriculture and farming, fish and aquaculture, economic interests, poverty reduction, and science; and organizations representing food processors and retailers, women, youth, animal and grain sectors, organics, unions, and others.
A general consultation tool kit was also provided on the food policy website for organizations who wished to host their own consultation sessions. Twelve submissions were received from associations and organizations that held their own engagement sessions using this tool kit.
In addition to input gathered from Indigenous individuals and organizations through the online survey, national and regional engagement sessions, and civil society engagement, the Government engaged bilaterally with National Indigenous Organizations to identify preferred approaches for Indigenous engagement on the development of the food policy.
The Government reached out to five National Indigenous Organizations, and engaged bilaterally with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). While CAP invited government officials to engage at its Annual General Assembly in September, ITK, AFN, and NWAC opted for self-led engagement on the policy, with support from the Government.
You can still submit your thoughts via email at
FoodPolicy-PolitiqueAlimentaire@Canada.ca to inform future thinking on food policy.