Prior to UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food's visit

Prior to his visit in Canada, Food Secure Canada helped to brief the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, by writing a joint submission on the issues we were concerned about. During his visit, we organized multiple meetings with civil society groups in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg, providing direct access to the UN for communities fighting for the right to food in Canada.

Read the Joint Submsission

List of Meetings

Dialogue between the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Civil Society (national and Quebec focus)
Sunday May 6th – 9:30-15:00
Open to the media and the public
Location: Carrefour des arts et de sciences de l’Université de Montréal, room C-3061, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, 3150 rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal (enter by le Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant)
Contacts: Jasmine Belanger-Gulick, REDTAC:, 514-343-6111 ex. 50711, Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada:, 514-629-9236

Governance Policies and Programmes that Impact the Right to Food
Monday May 7th, 17:30-20:30
Contact: Bruce Porter:, (705) 783-4567

Canada and the right to food abroad: development cooperation, trade and investment
Tuesday May 8th, 14:00-16:00
Contact: Anna Paskal, Food Secure Canada:, (514) 889-2533

Human Rights Impact Assessments
Tuesday May 15th, 17:00-18:30
Contact: Fraiser Reily-King:

Migrant workers (and other agricultural workers)
Wednesday May 9th, 13:00-14:30
Contact: Bruce Porter:, (705) 783-4567

Economic Accessibility and the Right to Food
Wednesday May 9th, 15:00-18:30
Open to the media (no cameras or recorders)
Contact: Nick Saul, The Stop Community Food Centre:, (416) 652-7867

Children and Food
Wednesday May 9th, 19:00-21:00
Contact: Debbie Field, FoodShare Toronto:; (416) 576-7349

The Organization of Food Chains and its Impact on the Right to Food
Thursday May 10th, 18:00-20:00
Contact:  Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union:, (306) 255-2880, Anna Weier, Manitoba Alternative Farming Research Alliance:, (204) 297-0100

Poverty and the Right to Food
Friday May 11th, 12:00-14:00
Open to the public and the media
Location: Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg
Contacts: Donald Benham:, (204) 982-3675; Kreesta Doucet, Food Matters Manitoba:,  (204) 772-0850; Jasmine Tara, North End Food Security Network:, (204) 228-2693