Food Policy

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food launched Canada's first-ever food policy in Montreal on Monday 17 June, 2019.

Food Secure Canada, together with its members and allies, has been calling for a national food policy since its foundation in 2001. The announcement in Montreal follows the inclusion in Budget 2019 of a funding line for food policy that allocated $134 million dollars for specific initiatives, as well as announcing federal leadership towards a national healthy school food program. Another of Food Secure Canada's key policy proposals, for a multi-stakeholder Canadian Food Policy Council to guide the evolution of the food policy, was announced in June.

Realization of success will depend on how the policy is funded, implemented and governed over time. Food Secure Canada, along with our members, partners, and allies - particularly communities most affected by the issues, including Indigenous communities - will continue to engage closely with the evolution of the policy.

A review of official and civil society events and actions towards establishing a national food policy from 2001 to present day. Learn how Food Secure Canada and other actors built momentum. The story so far...

After years of lobbying by FSC and others, the Trudeau government charged the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food with leading the development of A Food Policy for Canada and we are now waiting for the policy to be released. Find out more with these Frequently Asked Questions.

With its members and other food-system stakeholders, FSC has helped to set the stage for A Food Policy for Canada that will lead to a more healthy, just and sustainable food system that ensures everyone’s right to food. Find out more about our policy recommendations and actions.

With the Five Big Ideas, we are campaigning to bring citizens’ voices to federal policy makers to ensure A Food Policy for Canada helps all Canadians eat better.