The 2019 Federal Budget: $134.4 million over 5 years for a Food Policy for Canada

Group Picture- from left to right): Honourable Carolyn Bennett (Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations), TFPC Member Melana Roberts (also Food Secure Canada and TYFPC), Sasha McNicoll (Community Food Centres of Canada) and Debbie Field (Coalition for Healthy School Food) at the Budget announcement.

(from left to right): Honourable Carolyn Bennett (Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations), TFPC Member Melana Roberts (also Food Secure Canada and TYFPC), Sasha McNicoll (Community Food Centres of Canada) and Debbie Field (Coalition for Healthy School Food) at the Budget announcement.

In its 2019 Budget, the Federal Government has committed $134.4 million over 5 years to developing a Food Policy for Canada. This is something that food advocates across the country have worked on for a decade.

Some of the food initiatives outlined in the budget include:

• A Local Food Infrastructure Fund of $50 million over 5 years

• A Northern Isolated Community Initiatives Fund of $15 million over 5 years

• An Immigration Pilot to bring in full-time non-seasonal agricultural workers and make it easier for them to get permanent residency.

There is also an unfunded commitment to start work with provinces and territories on developing a National School Food Program.

More details on the food initiatives in the 2019 Federal Budget

For a response to the announcement from Food Secure Canada (“a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.”)