Calling on the Federal Government to Launch a National Nutrition Program

Senator Art Eggleton, Former Mayer of Toronto, tabled a motion (no. 358) on June 14th, 2018 to call on the federal government to launch a national nutrition program for children and youth. A media release was then released from the Coalition for Healthy School Food (coordinated by Food Secure Canada) in support of this motion, and can be found here in full. The Coalition is a group of over 40 organizations from across Canada advocating for a national school food program

Senate motion no. 358 proposes:

“That the Senate urge the government to initiate consultations with the provinces, territories, Indigenous people, and other interested groups to develop an adequately funded national cost-shared universal nutrition program with the goal of ensuring healthy children and youth who, to that end, are educated in issues relating to nutrition and provided with a nutritious meal daily in a program with appropriate safeguards to ensure the independent oversight of food procurement, nutrition standards, and governance”

The audio recording of Senator Eggleton’s full presentation to the Senate can be accessed online. A debate about this motion will take place during the next sitting of the Senate.