Food Secure Canada, and especially the Coalition for Healthy School Food, have important wins to celebrate in the 2019 federal budget announced March 19th. After years of advocacy, a budget line is established for “Canada Food Policy”.

OTTAWA, March 20, 2019 — Food Secure Canada is pleased to see $134.4 million over 5 years in the federal budget released yesterday for the Food Policy for Canada. “Our members have fought for this policy for over 10 years and we are pleased to see a commitment in the federal budget to several important community-led initiatives” said Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada.

FSC's Executive Director, Diana Bronson and Leticia Deawuo, Director of Black Creek Community Farm, appeared today, March 19th before the House of Commons's Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-foods (AGRI), to speak on perception of and public trust in the Canadian Agricultural Sector Comittee Business.

Canada’s new Food Guide was launched January 22nd in Montreal, at the iconic Jean-Talon public market. Our team was thrilled to be present. We applauded its scope, going beyond simply what to eat and getting to how we eat: encouraging more plant-based foods and less highly processed foods, and eating more mindfully and together.

Eat Think Vote is an election campaign, gathering community members across Canada to dialogue with federal candidates ahead of the upcoming election. Our goal is to make sure that food is an election issue.

Canada’s new Food Guide has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. It is a significant step in the right direction, opening the door to a new era of food policy prioritizing transparency and the public interest, and beginning to make connections between previously siloed aspects of our food system such as health, food security, and agriculture...

The new Canada’s Food Guide is an important step in the right direction, but we are still waiting for two pillars of the Healthy Eating Strategy:  passage by the Senate of landmark legislation to restrict marketing to kids and front-of-pack nutrition labels.

How many petitions have you signed in your life? One, ten, a hundred? Do you wonder why organisations use them and if they have an impact? And, what is the difference between House of Commons petitions and those hosted by lobbying groups or on action platforms like Change or Avaaz?

MONTREAL - January 22, 2019 - Food Secure Canada applauds today’s release of the new Canada’s Food Guide, going beyond simply what to eat and getting to how we eat: encouraging more plant-based foods and less highly processed foods, and eating more mindfully and together. The new dietary guidelines open the door to important next steps, addressing how poverty and food insecurity influence diet and health, and beginning to consider cultural dimensions and the environmental impact of our food choices.

Two important federal initiatives would be strengthened if the Canadian government joined the rest of the G7 countries in a cost shared national, universal, school food program in Canada. Sign the House of Commons petition and join the #NourishKidsNow campaign now!