SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, Aug. 16, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - 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.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, participated in a regional engagement session today in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, as part of the ongoing consultations regarding the development of A Food Policy for Canada.
Stakeholders, Indigenous representatives, experts, and key policy makers were invited to take part in the session, which is part of a series being held across the country over the next two months. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, opened the first regional session which took place in Charlottetown on August 9.
Public consultations on A Food Policy for Canada began on May 29, 2017, with the launch of an online survey that asks Canadians for their input on food issues related to:
- increasing access to affordable food;
- improving health and food safety;
- conserving our soil, water, and air; and
- growing more high-quality food.
Due to a strong response from across the country, the comment period for the online survey has been extended to August 31, 2017.
"Today we are continuing to engage with Canadians about a subject that is of great importance – their food. As the Government of Canada works to develop A Food Policy for Canada, we understand the importance of hearing from a broad range of voices – stakeholders, experts, producers, farmers, ranchers, as well as everyday Canadians. We want to build a food policy that reflects the richness and diversity of our country."
- Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- The Government of Canada has already heard from more than 30,000 Canadians through the online survey.
- 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.
- A Food Policy Summit took place on June 22-23, 2017, that brought together over 250 participants with diverse expertise and experience to discuss a broad range of food-related issues.
SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
For further information: Guy Gallant, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, 613-773-1059; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-773-7972, 1-866-345-7972