Food In Canada

Food Policy pledged in pre-election budget

March 26, 2019   by Food in Canada staff


Released March 19, the federal government’s annual budget for 2019 commits to the development of what it dubbed the Food Policy for Canada, pledging $134.4 million over five years starting in 2019-20 and $5.2 million ongoing.

That $134.4 million funding envelope includes:

  • $50 million for a local food infrastructure fund;
  • $25 million for a Buy Canadian promotional campaign;
  • $15 million for a northern isolated community initiatives fund, backing local food projects, skills training and community freezers and greenhouses, among other projects;
  • $20 million toward a Food Waste Reduction Challenge grant plan; and
  • $24.4 million to boost federal capacity for detection of and enforcement against food fraud.

The budget also allocates $100 million over five years from the federal Strategic Innovation Fund, starting in 2019–20, to go specifically toward innovation in food processing.

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