City of Toronto Launches Food Sovereignty Policy to Promote Better Food System

(Toronto – Canada – The City of Toronto (RO T) is introducing a food sovereignty policy as a means to enhance the food system and position the City as a long-term national voice in the realm of food system reform. Food sovereignty is also one of the first food systems rights measures to be adopted in North America and marks an important step toward addressing some of the root causes of disparities, inequality and food insecurity in North America and around the world.

“As the largest city in North America, Toronto needs to clearly articulate what it stands for in the food system – and do more in the long-term to further that position.” said Mayor John Tory (Toronto – Canada – Ignited ). “In 2016, we made a commitment to take a more active role in the national conversation around food systems, and we have taken a number of actions on our journey. With this policy, we’re building on those successes, and driving forward with a food system that is more equitable, sustainable and sustainable, for everyone.”

The policy will help bring to life a vision for a healthier, more sustainable food system. It will include the following:

2,500 new food vendor permits;

Several hundred new jobs;

Funding for new food enterprise opportunities;

Six community-based organizations, including food and nutrition education and resilience-building programs;

Preventing price disparity and lack of access to nutritious food

Institutionalizing food integrity standards

Potential for reclassification of some foods that are currently considered non-essential and therefore excluded from quality standards;

Support to research the role of Indigenous people, their communities and other marginalized communities in food systems transformation;

Increasing partnerships with universities and school boards;

Expanding relationships with academic and other institutions to partner with them on research, policy development and best practices;

Overcoming barriers to food access – for Indigenous communities, low-income communities, seniors, and immigrants and refugees – to improve the health, economic opportunity and social wellbeing of all Canadians.

“The success of our food system is intertwined with the well-being of society as a whole,” said University of Toronto (Toronto – Canada – Ignited ) Professor Salima Hassan-Sufia. “Without systemic barriers to food access, mobility, education and growth, the capacity of our food system can be developed for everyone.”

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For more information, please contact Assistant Chief B1, Ifayiwu Okeke, ‎City of Toronto at elikipsal (at) toronto.ca.

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Ifayiwu Okeke

Director of Communications & Media Services

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