On February 9th, Health Canada announced online consumer consultations for Front-of-Package (FOP) labelling, one of the pillars of its Healthy Eating Strategy. This is a welcome step to encourage Canadians to choose healthier foods, to reduce sodium, sugar and saturated fat consumption, and to incentivize companies to formulate healthier processed foods.

Food Secure Canada, in partnership with CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement) is launching a webinar series to share critical reflections and research about Canada’s food system: Building the Food Movement: Cultivating Connections through Critical Conversations.

FSC, in collaboration with a pan-Canadian network of researchers and community partners with expertise in Northern food security and sustainable food systems, is undertaking a study to synthesize research and knowledge on the state of food systems and food security in the North...

Much has been made of the Loblaws price-fixing scheme, which saw some of Canada’s largest food companies collude to artificially increase the price of bread from 2001 to 2015. The Competition Bureau is currently investigating seven companies...

On Friday January 5th, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published the “What We Heard Report”; the Government’s first official response to the Safe Foods for Canadians Regulation (SFCR) consultation in April of 2017.  During last year’s consultation period, the CFIA received 1,717 responses from consumers, industry, academia and, not least of which, the organic sector.

In the past few months, FSC has been busy talking with members and other food-system stakeholders, helping 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. Get caught up on all the key issues with our policy briefs, reports and discussion paper.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food’s Report on A Food Policy for Canada sends a powerful message in recognizing the right to food and calling for a national food policy advisory body, but misses the mark on addressing food insecurity in Northern and Indigenous communities and shifting to more healthy and sustainable diets. Check out how FSC graded the 21 recommendations!

Innovation has been an incredibly popular theme for the Liberal federal government, and agriculture has been repeatedly pinpointed as a sector ripe for its application. The 2017 Federal Budget, tabled in March of 2017, references innovation over eighty times and identifies agriculture and agri-food as key areas for growth.

Fall signals the beginning of harvest season for farmers across Canada, bringing an end to a year that has been unpredictable and challenging for many producers. However, this fall also marks the beginning of a new chapter in Canadian agri-food policy, writ.

Mapping the Food Policy Landscape is Canada is the result of a research collaboration between Food Secure Canada and Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE), led out of Wilfrid Laurier Universities’ Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.  Its goal was to explore the Canadian food policy landscape on six key themes (sustainable agriculture, school food, food systems, new farmers, indigenous and northern food sovereignty, and food (in)security) in order to enrich the on-going conversation around building a national food policy for Canada.