Next Steps for Food Policy in Canada


November 15, 12:30 to 5:00 - Next Steps for Food Policy in Canada
Join us for A Collective Think

Location: UQÀM, pavilion Cœur des sciences, room Chaufferie (CO-R700)
175, avenue du Président-Kennedy


Limited spaces, priority given to members

Cost (including lunch):
FSC members and students (with ID) $25
Non-members $40

The outcome of the upcoming federal election has created new directions and opportunities to work towards policy change for more just, sustainable food systems. Some of these include: the upcoming negotiations of Growing Forward Three; the ongoing review of evidence for Canada’s Food Guide; the next federal budget; exploring the potential for a National Food Policy Council; and our upcoming Assembly in 2016.

Join us for a stimulating conversation with food system leaders from across Canada to explore next steps for food policy and advocacy. We will kick off the conversation with brief presentations on the post election landscape (Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada) and opportunities for policy and food system change (Dr. Rod MacRae, York University). How should we leverage opportunities to advance FSC’s four election campaign planks (food insecurity in the north, basic income, school food and new farmers) and a national food policy for Canada?

Come and contribute your ideas about how the food movement can work more strategically together to make our food system more healthy, sustainable and just.

Simultaneous translation will be provided. Confirm to Amelie at if you need the service.

Four people have been asked to present the opportunities to advance a specific issue.

Opening comments will be made by:

• Susan Roberts (Alberta Food Matters) – school food
• Genevieve Grossenbacher (USC Canada) – new farmers
• Joseph Leblanc (Sudbury Social Planning Council) - food in the north
• Kathryn Scharf (Community Food Centres Canada)– basic income and food insecurity

Others who will be a part of the original inner circle

• Bill Jeffery (Center for Science in the Public Interest) – school food
• Keith Robinson (formerly Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) – new farmers
• Sonia Wesche (University of Ottawa) – food in the north
• Satya Ramen (Ecology Action Center) – basic income

Some guiding questions: 

  • What are the strategic considerations in advancing a national food policy and the four issues of FSC’s election campaign in the next four years (basic income / food insecurity, school food, food in the north, new farmers)?
  • Should we work from issue based advocacy/policy development (i.e.: school food) towards a national food policy (micro to macro)?
  • Or from macro to micro (advocate for a national food policy with school food as a pillar)?
  • How do we unite and mobilize the food movement for policy change?


Sun, 2015/11/15 - 12:30pm to 5:00pm