Ontario Releasing Food Security Consultation Feedback
Province Moving Forward on Designing Food Security Strategy
Ontario is releasing feedback from provincewide consultations on how best to design a food security strategy that will lay the foundation for people to live healthy and active lives.
More than 400 people and organizations shared their ideas on a range of topics including how food security should be defined and how to better support innovators and communities in accelerating solutions. Feedback on what Ontario’s Food Security Strategy could achieve included:
- Helping people access Ontario’s food resources in a dignified manner.
- Providing access to safe, sufficient, affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food through a food system that is socially just and sustainable.
- Supporting individual, community, and cultural health and well-being.
The province will continue to engage the public, sector experts, Indigenous partners, and municipal and federal governments as Ontario moves forward with designing its first food security strategy. The strategy will address physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food, including in remote and urban Indigenous communities.
Improving access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario’s Food Security Strategy is an important component of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, which aims to create a province where every person has the opportunity to contribute to a prosperous Ontario.
- Ontario households spend approximately 9 per cent of their disposable income on food.
- Rates of food insecurity are especially high for recent immigrants to Canada, racialized people, single female parents and Indigenous persons. People living in rural and remote areas can also be disproportionately impacted by food insecurity.
- Public engagement on the province’s food security strategy included surveys in addition to in-person engagement sessions.
“Gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by people living in poverty is crucial to addressing them. In our conversations with the people of Ontario, we’ve learned important lessons about access to food in different regions and the unique challenges people face as they try to make ends meet. This feedback will be an important guide as we put forward our plan to make Ontario a fairer province where no one knows what it is to go hungry.”