Over the past few years, CCEDNet-Manitoba has supported Food Matters Manitoba and other community organizations to encourage the City of Winnipeg to establish a food policy council. In June of 2015, Winnipeg’s Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development approved a recommendation that the Winnipeg Public Service “…engage key stakeholders to investigate and provide recommendations related to the formation, role and governance structure of a Winnipeg Food Policy Council”, with a mandate of providing continued advice on agricultural and food related policy, including:
- providing research and advisory support;
- investigating barriers to food production;
- exploring opportunities towards improving food production and food security;
- preparing a report with recommendations about permissible non-invasive agricultural-related uses in Winnipeg; and
- assisting in the creation of an Agricultural and Food Security Strategy
The City of Winnipeg now wants to hear from you!
Deadline to respond is Monday July 18
CCEDNet-Manitoba participated in a conversation hosted by the City of Winnipeg and Food Matters Manitoba on June 2 to provide input.
For more information regarding project timelines, background information, and presentations and materials from the conversations that have taken place, please visit http://winnipeg.ca/ppd/PublicEngagement/WinnipegFoodPolicyCouncil/default.stm.
Other Related Links
Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs Report (A preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food system change)
Doing Food Policy Councils Right (A guide to development and action)
Planning and Establishing Food Policy Councils (Lessons learned from others)
Best Practices in Local Food: A guide for municipalities