The Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council

A central piece of the Food Policy for Canada is the creation of a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. Recognizing that greater collaboration on priority issues is essential to making meaningful progress on some of the more complex and systemic food issues, the Advisory Council will bring together the expertise and diversity within the food system to address both the challenges of today and the future.

The Council will report to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The Council will advise on new and emerging issues, enable on-going dialogue on food-related challenges and opportunities, share information and best practices, and assess gaps in policies and data. The Council will also have the opportunity to advise on the implementation of the four Food Policy action areas: Help Canadian communities access healthy food; Make Canadian food the top choice at home and abroad; Support food security in Northern and Indigenous communities; and, Reduce food waste.

The Council will include a diversity of members from the agriculture and food industry, health professionals, academia, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous organizations. Consideration in the assessment of applications will be given to ensure representation on the Council includes youth, women, and visible minorities, among others.

The anticipated term for appointments to the Advisory Council is two to three years.

Support for travel and accommodation costs will be provided when financial assistance is essential for an appointed member’s participation, and will be in accordance with relevant Government of Canada policies including the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Application process

Applications to the Council will be accepted between August 9, 2019 and September 20, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (PT) on September 20 to be eligible for consideration.

Applications can be sent by individuals or by organizations to nominate an individual provided they meet the selection criteria.

Completed application packages must be sent to the Food Policy for Canada email account at aafc.foodpolicyforcanada-politiquealimentairepourlecanada.aac@canada.ca.

Where possible, multiple organizations and interested parties are encouraged to collectively nominate a candidate(s) to the Council through a joint letter of nomination.

Additional letter(s) of support can also be submitted on behalf of a candidate.

Final appointment of Council membership will be made by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Application package must include

  1. A letter outlining the candidate’s experience and rationale on why they should be considered for the Council.
  2. A biography of the candidate that includes their CV.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must be residents of Canada, and demonstrate:

Preference will be given to candidates with applications that can demonstrate broad support for their participation on the Advisory Council.

Consideration to ensure diverse representation on the Council will be given in the assessment of applications.

Table 1. Area of Expertise: This table indicates the diversity of food system actors/ experience areas that could be considered for participation in the Advisory Council.
Agriculture and Food Sector Academia Non-Profit Public Sector
  • Primary agricultural producers
  • Food processors and manufacturers
  • Food distributors, transporters and retailers
  • Food waste, disposal and recycling industry
  • Social, health/nutrition, environmental or food policy experts
  • Measurement and data experts
  • Indigenous food system experts
  • Social justice, environmental or food security advocates
  • Food-provision services
  • Community-based organizations or private foundations
  • Healthcare and/or nutrition practitioners
  • Municipal/regional governments and/ or isolated/remote communities
  • Public health, school board, or other representatives of public institutions
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