Policies are related to goals and objectives and outline various parameters and protocols that will govern a process or outcome. Various policies affect how food is produced, distributed and sold in Canada. Legislation and regulation at all levels of government contain policies that must be adhered to. Many policies related to food exist and can include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Procurement
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Marketing venues
  • Festivals and events
  • Soil and water conservation
  • School Nutrition
  • Urban agriculture
  • Building codes
  • Labour and wages
  • Food safety and Health
  • Composting and waste


What Polices Can Make Our Food System More Sustainable – Feeding 9 Billion Video Series – 2014

Type of Resource: Video
Link: https://feedingninebillion.com/video/what-polices-can-make-our-food-system-more-sustainable
SFS Category: Food System Development- Food Regulation, Environmental impact

This sketch video, created by Evan Fraser, outlines the environmental impact of conventional agricultural practices and the loss of existing ecosystem services. Introduces three policies to mitigate or control the environmental impact.

MacRae, R. (2011). A joined-up food policy for Canada. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 6(4), 424-457. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2011.627297

Type of Resource: Journal Publication
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19320248.2011.627297
SFS Category: demand–supply coordination, Food Systems approach/planning, Government Leadership in SFS, food policy development

By outlining the history and degree of decentralization and disassociation within the Canadian food system, this article recommends what the author termed a “joined-up” food policy system. Guiding principles and opportunities for a joined-up food policy are included.

Thought About Food? A Workbook on Food Security & Influencing Policy – La nourriture, vous y avez pensé? Cahier d’activités pour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et influencer les politiques.
Food Security Projects of the Nova Scotia Nutrition Council and the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre, Dalhousie University – 2005

Type of Resource: Tool (workbook, SWOT table, workshop facilitation)
Language: English and French
Link: http://www.foodthoughtful.ca/
SFS Category: Example of food system assessment and policy development tool, Best Practices, Food Costing

The workbook was developed as a tool for evaluating and strategically engaging with community food insecurity. Instruction and resources included.
Un cahier méthedologique et supportive pour the evaluation et development des strategies pour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire. Les instructions et ressources supplementaires le joint.

The Demographic Overlap of Agriculture and Rural/ Le chevauchement démographique de l’agriculture et du milieu rural, 2007, Ray D. Bollman for Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 21-601-MIE — No. 081

Type of Resource: Research report
Link: English: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/21-601-m/21-601-m2006081-eng.pdf
French: http://publications.gc.ca/Collection/Statcan/21-601-MIF/21-601-MIF2006081.pdf
SFS Category: Audits of Local Policy, Food Systems approach/planning, Rural – urban distinctions, Land Use/Access, Farm succession

Using data available through Statistics Canada, this report contests the assumption that rural inhabitants are predominantly employed within agriculture due to their proximity to agricultural land. In the interest of inclusive policy, the author recommends that agricultural and rural policy be developed respectively.

A Stewardship Road Map for Canada, from The Centre for Environmental Stewardship and Conservation Inc., 2009

Type of Resource: Report, Tool, Conference proceedings
Link: http://www.landstewardship.org/media/uploads/

SFS Category: Sustainability, Environmental impact, Land Use/Access, Planning and zoning for food production, Resource protection, Nutrient management

This report proposes eight recommendations for strengthening and expanding Canada’s environmental stewardship programs. Offers long-term and short-term strategies for regional, provincial, and national collaboration.

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