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The Canadian Food Strategy

There is a growing public appetite for action on food issues, largely driven by crisis and media attention. In addition, a rising sentiment favours taking a more proactive approach to food that moves us beyond responses to problems and threats. For these reasons, leaders came together, through the Centre for Food in Canada, to shape a major new Canadian Food Strategy (CFS).

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Following a first multi-year initiative, on March 19, 2014, The Conference Board of Canada launched its comprehensive, evidence-based, action-oriented Canadian Food Strategy to guide and stimulate short- to long-term change in food and Canada’s food system.

Developed over a four-year period, the Strategy is a shared vision for the future of food in Canada to meet Canada’s need for a coordinated action plan for change. Indeed, the CFS was developed as a comprehensive, evidence-based, action-oriented framework to guide and stimulate change in food and the food system, a framework well-received by delegates.

The CFS’s five main interrelated, but distinct, elements include healthy food and diets, food safety, industry prosperity, household food security, and environmental sustainability. (See Exhibit 1.)

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Within these five elements the Strategy sets out 8 goals and 62 desired outcomes and provides 110 action strategies and 400 specific actions—workable solutions (including practices, policies, programs, and tactics) to achieve the outcomes. (See Exhibit 2.)

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These actions will be followed by a series of metrics, clear targets, and measures to track progress in implementing the Strategy and achieving the above goals and desired outcomes.

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