Posted  29 Mar, 2019 
In: News

The Liberal Government introduced their 2019 federal budget this week, which includes important victories for those who care about fairness and sustainability in our food system. The government has finally presented “A Food Policy for Canada”, which many member organizations have been advocating for over the past several years. The budget allots $134.4 million in new investments toward initiatives including:

  • $24.4 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, to tackle food fraud;
  • $50 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, toward infrastructure for local food projects, including at food banks, farmers’ markets and other community-driven projects;
  • $25 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, for an advertising and marketing campaign to promote Canadian agricultural products, in collaboration with existing branding initiatives;
  • A commitment to invest an additional $100 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund to support agri-food value added production in Canada;
  • $15 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, to support Northern, isolated communities increase their food security;
  • And a pathway to permanent residency for foreign agricultural workers.

We would have liked to have seen mention of a National Food Policy Council in the budget, but we are nonetheless delighted that Canada will finally have a National Food Policy.

We are very grateful for the incredible leadership provided by Food Secure Canada toward achieving this crucial milestone for Canadians.

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