Toronto Wins Milan Pact Award for Community Food Works


The MPA awards the best urban practices in sustainable food management of the MUFPP signatory cities. It comprises two monetary prizes and six special mentions.

This year’s highest score, endowed with 15.000Euro, was awarded to the city of Toronto (Canada) for the good practice “Community Food Works for Newcomers: Using food as tool for settlement and integration”. The programme provides learner-centred training at no cost to obtain a Food Handler Training and Certification. This supports refugees and other newcomers to access employment in the food sector, helps them improve basic food and nutrition skills, and perhaps most importantly, uses food as a vehicle for immigrant and refugee settlement and integration into their new community.”

Read an article about the award and what food policy can do for cities here.

Cover photo: Award recipients at the Milan Pact Awards. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eleen de Villa, is first on the left.

Below: Community Food Works participants show off their skills Community Food Works