August 9, 2017 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Agriculture and Agri-Food
A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the country's health, environmental,
social, and economic goals related to food, while also identifying actions that
can be taken in the short-term to improve Canada's food system.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay opened the first
regional engagement session today in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
(PEI), as part of the ongoing consultations regarding the development A Food Policy
for Canada. The Minister was joined by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Canadian Heritage and MP for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, and one of Canada's best-known
chefs and PEI food ambassador, Michael Smith.
The session, which includes stakeholders, Indigenous representatives, experts, and
key policy makers, is the first in a series being held across the country over the
next two months.
Public consultations on A Food Policy for Canada were launched on May 29, 2017,
online survey . Due to a strong response from across the country, the comment
period for the online survey was recently extended to August 31, 2017. A Food Policy
Summit also took place in June that brought together over 250 participants with
diverse expertise and experience to discuss a broad range of food-related issues,
- increasing access to affordable food;
- improving health and food safety;
- conserving our soil, water, and air; and
- growing more high-quality food.
"Today's session marks the continuation of the important, in-depth conversation
we are having about A Food Policy for Canada. The decisions we make as a government,
and as individuals, about food have a major impact on not only our health and well-being,
but on our environment, our communities, and our economy. Conversations like the
one we are having today are vital to ensuring the food choices we make are the right
ones, while ensuring we meet the growing world demand for high quality foods produced
by our farmers and ranchers." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- The Government of Canada has already heard from 30,000 Canadians through the online
- 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.