The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is praising the Federal Government’s announcement detailing the various initiatives forming the Food Policy for Canada.
The national food policy funding of $134.4 million over five years, beginning in 2020, was confirmed in March as part of the government’s budget 2019 announcement.
Member of Parliament Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, outlined the four short-term action areas of the Food Policy for Canada, including:
- helping Canadian communities access healthy food
- making Canadian food the top choice at home and abroad
- supporting food security in Northern and indigenous communities
- reducing food waste.
CPMA President Ron Lemaire, member of the National Food Policy Working Group, said, “It is a great privilege to have worked closely with our government in forming the groundwork for a successful Food Policy for Canada. CPMA looks forward to continuing in the development and implementation of this policy in order to improve the health and well-being of Canadians and to grow the fresh produce industry.”