Government of Canada Holds Consultations to Develop A Food Policy for Canada

An online survey is now open at, where Canadians are being asked to submit their input which will be used to build a food policy that explores four themes:

  • increasing access to affordable food;
  • improving health and food safety;
  • conserving our soil, water, and air; and
  • growing more high-quality food.  

Understanding Canadians’ priorities when it comes to food issues will help the federal government to develop the vision, principles, and objectives for a food policy and to identify actions to take in the near term.

The online consultation is the first of a number of consultation activities planned to engage with a wide range of Canadians. The Government of Canada will also be hosting A Food Policy for Canada Summit in Ottawa on June 22-23, 2017. The Summit is designed to provide a space for stakeholders, experts, and key policy makers to share their views on A Food Policy for Canada.

Proposal: Ban on Use of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) in Foods

On October 24, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, launched the Healthy Eating Strategy. The objective of the Strategy is to make the healthier food choice the easier choice for all Canadians. One of the initiatives highlighted in the Strategy is prohibiting the use of industrially produced trans fats in foods available on the Canadian marketplace.  

Health Canada published a Notice of Proposal signalling its intent to implement this prohibition by adding PHOs to Part 1 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods. This prohibition is proposed to take effect in the summer of 2018. This would allow industry stakeholders time to phase-out the use of PHOs. Further information on the proposal and a summary of comments received during the previous public consultation are available in the Notice of Proposal

Comments on the proposal need to be submitted by June 21, 2017


Government of Canada Proposes New Safe Food Regulations

OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Canada launched a public consultation on new rules to strengthen food safety. The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations would better protect Canadian families by putting a greater emphasis on preventing food safety risks for all foods imported into Canada or sold across provinces. The regulations would also apply to foods prepared for export. See full story

The 90-day consultation closes on April 21, 2017.