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Ottawa surveying Canadians on food issues

June 5, 2017
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The federal government is encouraging Canadians to share their input to help shape A Food Policy for Canada – a move it calls an "important step in tackling the opportunities and challenges of Canada’s food system."

An online survey is now open at, where Canadians can submit input that will be used to build a food policy that explores four themes: increasing access to affordable food; improving health and food safety; conserving soil, water and air; and growing more high-quality food.

Understanding Canadians’ priorities when it comes to food issues will help the federal government to develop the vision, principles and objectives for a food policy and identify actions to take in the near term.

“For a food policy to work it needs to reflect the priorities and opinions of Canadians. By bringing together a wide range of experiences and viewpoints we can build A Food Policy for Canada that will allow us to move in the same direction, with the same goals in mind, on the vital issues surrounding food,” said Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, in a press release announcing the consultations.


The online survey is the first of a number of consultation activities planned to engage with a wide range of Canadians. The federal government will also be hosting A Food Policy for Canada Summit in Ottawa on June 22 and 23. The summit is designed to provide a space for stakeholders, experts and key policy makers to share their views on A Food Policy for Canada.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food. A Food Policy for Canada will cover all food sources, including primary agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and processing.


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