August 12, 2019 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food,
along with Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, visited Hope Blooms
Garden and Greenhouse to highlight the $50 million Local Food Infrastructure Fund,
designed to reduce food insecurity, support community-based organizations, and strengthen
local food production through the recently launched Food Policy for Canada.
Over the next five years, the Local Food Infrastructure Fund will support community-led
projects at urban gardens, community kitchens, food banks, farmers' markets, and
greenhouses. Starting August 15, 2019, eligible organizations will be invited to
submit an application through the first intake period for non-repayable funding
of up to $25,000.
The Minister also announced that applications are now being accepted until September
20, 2019, for membership in the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, a central
piece of the Food Policy. The Advisory Council will bring together the expertise
and diversity of stakeholders and experts within the food system to address both
the opportunities and challenges of today and the future.
The Food Policy for Canada is the product of consultation and collaboration with
Canadians across the country. The Government of Canada heard from more than 45,000
Canadians, including food producers and processors, experts in environment, health
and food security, Indigenous groups, non-government organizations, and community
The vision for the Food Policy for Canada developed through these consultations
is: All people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious
and culturally diverse food. Canada's food system is resilient and innovative, sustains
our environment, and supports our economy.
To realize this vision, the Government of Canada is investing more than $134 million
through Budget 2019, to support new initiatives in key action areas, including:
- a Buy Canadian Promotion Campaign that will aim to increase pride and consumer confidence
in Canadian food;
- support for community-led projects like greenhouses, community freezers, and skills
training that address food challenges and food insecurity in Northern and isolated
- a challenge fund to support new and innovative approaches to reduce food waste in
food processing, grocery retail, and food service;
- new funds to help the Canadian Food Inspection Agency crack down on food fraud –
the mislabeling and misrepresentation of food products – to protect consumers from
deception and companies from unfair competition; and
- taking the first steps to work alongside provinces, territories, and not-for-profit
organizations towards the creation of a National School Food Program.
The Food Policy for Canada aligns with the objectives of initiatives across the
Federal Government, such as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Heathy Eating Strategy, and the Poverty Reduction Strategy, among others.
"Everyone at the table!"
"Through Food Policy for Canada investments, such as the Local Food Infrastructure
Fund, we can make an impact right here in Nova Scotia and across the country, especially
when it comes to addressing food insecurity and supporting diverse community-led
projects. Our Government is taking action today to ensure Canadians have access
to healthy food while shaping a healthier and more prosperous future for our families
and communities." The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and
"I am proud to join Minister Bibeau at Hope Blooms to highlight the positive change
that just one organization can make in our community. The Food Policy for Canada
will support initiatives like this one, working to make a better food system all
across the country." Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax
- Applications under the first stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Infrastructure
and Equipment Improvement Projects) will be accepted between August 15 and November
1, 2019. This stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve
their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility
of healthy, nutritious, and local foods within their community.
- The Government is now engaging with potential applicants on the second stream of
the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems),
where applicants may receive up to $250,000 in non-repayable financial assistance
for capital and food equipment. Interested organizations are invited to take part
in the online consultation.
- The Canadian Food Advisory Council will report to the Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food and will include a diversity of members from the agriculture and food
industry, health professionals, academia, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous
organizations. More information on the application process and selection criteria may be found
- The Food Policy will also help the country meet its commitments under the United
Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote good health,
cut food waste, and encourage sustainable food systems.
- Since 2008, Hope Blooms has had a measurable impact on food security, community
confidence and inclusion, and education. It also actively engages youth to grow
food in 4,000 square feet of organic food gardens seasonally, and year-round.