Community engagement

What’s Your Recipe for a Better Food System? were community engagement allowing the community to provide input for A Food Policy for Canada.

Food Secure Canada members hosted 23 in-person events across Canada and 4 web sessions between July 15 and September 30, 2017.


REPORT - Civil Society Engagement Towards A Food Policy for Canada

Prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by FSC
Written and managed by Jennifer Reynolds
published March 12th 2018

Download the report



Past community engagement events hosted by FSC members


in-person conversations

Credit: What we heard report – A Food Policy for Canada, Government of Canada

July 15 - Hosted by BC Food Systems Network, in Vancouver

July 25 - Hosted by Ecology North, in Yellowknife

July 31 - Hosted by Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition and the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR), in Whitehorse

August 14 - Hosted by Sudbury Social Planning Council, in Sudbury

August 24 - Hosted by Ecology Action Centre, in Halifax

August 29 - Hosted by Food Matters Manitoba, in Wabowden

August 30 - Hosted by UFCW, in Montreal

September 7 - Hosted by Food Matters Manitoba and Winnipeg Harvest, in Winnipeg

September 12 - Hosted by Antigonish Food Security Association, in Antigonish

September 12 - Hosted by Dawson College and Système Alimentaire Montréal, in Montreal

September 13 - Hosted by Edmonton Food Council, Alberta Food Matters, Alberta Flavour Learning Lab, University of Alberta's Sustainable Food Working Group, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry & City of Edmonton, in Edmonton

September 14 - Hosted by Canning Recreation, in Kings County

September 19 - Hosted by Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, in Dartmouth

September 20 - Hosted by Family Resource Centre, in Hants County

September 22 - Hosted by NDG Food Depot, in Montreal

September 25 - Hosted by EarthSave, in Ottawa

September 25 - Hosted by Ecology Action Centre and SeaChoice, in Truro (this event is focused on seafood)

September 25 - Hosted by the Annapolis Community Health Board, in Bridgetown

September 26 - Hosted by Pictou County Food Security Coalition, in New Glasgow

September 27 - Hosted by Community Connections Society, in Revelstoke

September 27 - Hosted by Cape Breton University, in Sydney

September 28 - Hosted by the Department of Geography & Environment of Mount Allison University, in Sackville

September 28 - Hosted by the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council and partners, in Toronto


ONLINE DiscussionS (organized around themes):

September 21 - New Farmers 

September 25 - Food Entrepreneurs (Récolte)

September 26 - Institutional Food Procurement

September 28 - Food Insecurity



How we worked with members: FSC's Event Guide for Hosts

Download Partnership Agreement

Download Full Event Guide (PDF)

Step One: Planning

Contact FSC to discuss the proposed event date and target audience

Sign partnership agreement

Invite community members and your Member of Parliament

Spread the word on social media. Optional - send a press release (template provided)

Step Two: Day-of Event

Intro to session and facilitate discussion questions

Gather direct quotes (2 to 5) from participants

Take notes during the discussion to prepare report back

Invite participants to complete an event evaluation

Offer sign-up sheet for updates from FSC

Step Three: Report Back

Send report back to FSC within one week of event  

FSC will compile results of all events into a final report